The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie

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Nice book which analytically breakdowns various things you need to do to give a good speech.

One of the things when constructing your content is to utilise contrast.  For example instead of “this is a dog” you could say “this is not a cat, it is a dog” meaning that you’re putting emphasis on what you’re planning to.

General overview of how to actually talk to an audience, includes examples from speakers throughout.

Focus on voice:

  • Inflections and cadence (modulation and melody of voice)
  • Pauses
  • Change tempo according to the content to make it more memorable
  • Modulate the tone of the voice

Book contains exercises at end of each chapter.  Think of bird songs how they change, try to inspire the audience rather than bore them to death!

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