How to Write & Give a Speech A Practical Guide for Executives, PR People, the Military, Fund-Raisers, Politicians, Educators, and Anyone Who Has to Make Every Word Count

Joan Detz

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

224 Pages



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This newly updated guide offers sound advice on every aspect of writing and giving an effective speech. Filled with fresh examples and practical tips, this accessible book shows how to improve both the content and delivery of any presentation.

Readers and students will find a wealth of information in these pages, including how to assess an audience, research your subject, give team presentations, speak to international audiences, use humor, create a memorable style, handle copyright issues, use PowerPoint and other audio-visual aids, handle Q&A sessions, and control nervousness. Now in a revised edition with new sections, this book will help both novices and experts speak with clarity, confidence, and clout.


Praise for How to Write & Give a Speech

"An invaluable tool, infinitely wise and very practical. No businessperson should be without this handy guide."—Kenneth S. Olshan, chairman of the board and CEO, Wells Rich Greene BDDP, Inc.

"The basis of all motivation is communication. To be a successful communicator requires discipline, understanding, and verve. Joan Detz understands this and provides a firm foundation from which to launch influential communications."—James S. Todd, M.D., executive vice president, the American Medical Association

"This book is a practical text for helping anyone develop the ability to speak and to become more effective."—Terrence J. McCann, executive director, Toastmasters International

"In international business, knowing how to speak efficiently and effectively is the key to success. This handy book will help busy executives master this important skill."—Dr. Mitsuru Misawa, president, Industrial Bank of Japan Leasing (USA) Inc., and director, IBJ Leasing (Tokyo)

"A how-to classic."—The Washington Post

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  • Joan Detz

  • Joan Detz coaches executives, offers media training, and conducts presentation skills workshops for major corporations. A popular presenter at professional conferences, she also teaches seminars in public speaking and speechwriting. Author of Can You Say a Few Words? and It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It, she lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.