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Title: Successful Methods of Public Speaking
Author: Grenville Kleiser
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Inspiration and Ideals How to Build Mental Power How to Develop Self-Confidence in Speech and Manner How to Read and Declaim How to Speak in Public How to Develop Power and Personality in Speaking Great Speeches and How to Make Them How to Argue and Win Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience
Complete Guide to Public Speaking Talks on Talking Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases The World's Great
Sermons Mail Course in Public Speaking Mail Course in Practical English How to Speak Without Notes
Something to Say: How to Say It Successful Methods of Public Speaking Model Speeches for Practise The
Training of a Public Speaker How to Sell Through Speech Impromptu Speeches: How to Make Them
Word-Power: How to Develop It Christ: The Master Speaker Vital English for Speakers and Writers
Successful Methods of Public Speaking
BY GRENVILLE KLEISER
_Formerly Instructor in Public Speaking at Yale Divinity School, Yale University. Author of "How to Speak
Mental Power," "Talks on Talking," etc., etc._
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FUNK & WAGNALLS COMPANY
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COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY
[Printed in the United States of America]
Published, February, 1920
Copyright Under the Articles of the Copyright Convention of the Pan-American Republics and the United
As you carefully study the successful methods of public speakers, as briefly set forth in this book, you will observe that there is nothing that can be substituted for personal sincerity. Unless you thoroughly believe in the message you wish to convey to others, you are not likely to impress them favorably.
Therein lies the key to successful oratory. When the truth of your message is deeply engraved on your own mind; when your own heart has been touched as by a living flame; when your own character and personality testify to the innate sincerity and nobility of your life, then your speech will be truly eloquent, and men will respond to your fervent appeal.
SUCCESSFUL METHODS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING 11
STUDY OF MODEL SPEECHES 55
HISTORY OF PUBLIC SPEAKING 91
EXTRACTS FOR STUDY, WITH LESSON TALK 117
HOW TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC 145
You can acquire valuable knowledge for use in your own public speaking by studying the successful methods
of other men. This does not mean, however, that you are to imitate others, but simply to profit by their
experience and suggestions in so far as they fit in naturally with your personality.
When, therefore, you read the following methods of various men, ask yourself in each case whether you can apply the ideas to advantage in your own speaking. Put the method to a practical test, and decide for yourself whether it is advisable for you to adopt it or not.
There are certain requirements in public speaking which you and every other speaker must observe. You must be grammatical, intelligent, lucid, and sincere. These are essential. You must know your subject thoroughly, and have the ability to put it into pleasing and persuasive form.
But beyond these considerations there are many things which must be left to your temperament, taste, and individuality. To compel you to speak according to inflexible rules would make you not an orator but an automaton.
The temperamental differences in successful speakers have been very great. One eminent speaker used
practically no gesture; another was in almost constant action. One was quiet, modest, and conversational in his
speaking style; another was impulsive and resistless as a mountain torrent.
It is safe to say that almost any man, however unpretentious his language, will command a hearing in
Congress, Parliament, or elsewhere, if he gives accurate information upon a subject of importance and in a
manner of unquestioned sincerity.
You will observe in the historical accounts of great orators, that without a single exception they studied, read, practised, conversed, and meditated, not occasionally, but with daily regularity. Many of them were endowed with natural gifts, but they supplemented these with indefatigable work.
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