Can You Say a Few Words?, Second Revised Edition

How to Prepare and Deliver a Speech for Any Special Occasion

Joan Detz

St. Martin's Griffin

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-Your alma mater asks you to say a few words at an upcoming fundraising dinner
-You've won an employee award and will have to give a short acceptance speech at the ceremony
-Your parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and you'd like to make a toast at their party

Everyone's counting on you to sound polished, to be prepared, to speak with savvy-in short, to give a speech that's as memorable as the occasion itself.

Don't dread these invitations to speak. Instead, learn to prepare clear, concise, and engaging speeches that will live up to your audience's expectations and match the mood of the occasion.

Award-winning corporate speechwriter Joan Detz offers solid advice for tackling this nerve-racking task-with pointers, tips, and trade secrets that will help you make the most of every speaking opportunity.

Clearly written and fun to read, this invaluable guide provides all the practical advice and encouragement you need to deliver a winning speech.

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CAN YOU SAY A FEW WORDS? (Chapter One)Anniversaries

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Suppose the principal at your local high school completes 20 years of service, and your town wants to host an anniversary tribute. Or your company wants to celebrate 50 years in business. Or your nature club wants to garner attention for 10 years of environmental accomplishments.

How can you come up with a speech that's as special as the occasion? Here are 12 ideas for an anniversary speech people will remember long after your event is over:

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"Let me say a few words about Joan Detz: Her books are great." --Roger Ailes, top presidential and corporate communications consultant, and author of You Are the Message

"Can you Say A Few Words? by Joan Detz has helped me to speak better. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to use words well." --Norman Vincent Peale

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Joan Detz

Joan Detz, author of How to Write & Give a Speech, and It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It, coaches executives, offers media training, and teaches presentation skills workshops. The Joan Detz Speechwriting Seminars have trained speechwriters for The White House, prominent executives, university presidents, and top military leaders.


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Can You Say a Few Words?, Second Revised Edition
How to Prepare and Deliver a Speech for Any Special Occasion
Joan Detz

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466804197
ISBN10: 146680419X
192 pages
$7.99

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Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312353520
ISBN10: 0312353529
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages
$17.99
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