The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking: Book review
Posted by Presentation Skills on February 3, 2008
I have just finished a great book on public Speaking, The Nuts and Bolts of Public Speaking. The author Craig Valentine is the 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking and a highly paid keynote speaker in the US.
What sets this book apart from others is that it focuses on the basics. From speech structure to how to use the rule of three to gte your point across with more impact, this book has it all.
There is one fantastic section that I loved. It was on finding the magical moments from your own life that will bring your speech alive. These are the parts of your speech that the audience will hang off. Despite what we think, we all have an enormous amount of stories that we can draw upon to help us illustrate our points. This section is well worth the cost of the book alone.
If this book could be improved anywhere, it is that there is no index or detailed table of contents. This is a great reference book, but the lack of an index makes it difficult to reference!
Over all, a great book, and you can order a copy from Craig here. Just tell him I sent you.
‘Til next time.