Speak Like Churchhill,
Stand Like Lincoln
21 Powerful Secrets of History’s Greatest Speakers
by James C. Humes
Reviewed by Brian Beirl
“A joke is a very serious thing.” Winston Churchill Lincoln was once of accused of being two faced; "If I were two-faced," he retorted, "would I be wearing this one?"
Whether you are a politician, in sales, a CEO or have to speak to your local club, we can all learn how to be more effective speakers and have fun doing it.
Churchill and Lincoln were two of the most compelling speakers of the last two centuries. Their styles exemplify the power of a compelling presentation.
James Hume was a speech writer for Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. In this book he presents 21 traits that should be considered in creating a great and memorable presentation.
Here are some of his suggestions:
• Pause until you have the audience’s attention
• Start with a bang, not the run of the mill “I am honored to be here…”
• Be brief; remember how you felt when a speaker finished early.
• Use quotes from well known people
• If you must read, learn to keep eye contact, it is a learned skill
• Include a powerful parable
• Practice a “ spontaneous” gesture
• Learn to ask powerful questions to engage your audience.
• Create a powerful closing, don’t let your speech drift away at the end
• Speak like you belong there, never apologize
Even if you are a modern Demosthenes, I would recommend this book just for the fascinating personal stories about Churchill and Eisenhower. The author was there.
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