Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Successful Speaker - A Review

As I read The Successful Speaker, I could not determine if I was back in a high school or freshman speech class or whether I was in over my head. At one level, much of the material found in this book echos the content of my high school or college freshman class. However, the introduction makes it clear the book is written for the individual seeking to become a professional speaker written by one who claims to have made $1 to $2 million per year making the rounds of conventions, workshops, etc. In which case, I would certainly be over my head.

Until I read this book, I considered myself a professional speaker having spent 25+ years in the college classroom and about 20 years in the church pulpit. But using the definitions and examples given by this author - I do not qualify. Much of the information in the book is practical and useful, it just is not aimed at the average public speaker.
The reader is encouraged to read with care, picking and choosing the useful from the hyperbole. Most of us who pick up this book are not planning to make huge amounts of money using the tools given here. We will be trying to hone the skills that are needed as part of our daily jobs - whether it be as a teacher, team leader, or conference presenter. If you are a typical speaker who speaks as a part of their job, as I am, read with care - not to get rich.

This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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