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The Art of Public Speaking BY
J. BERG ESENWEIN
AUTHOR OF
"HOW TO ATTRACT AND HOLD AN AUDIENCE,"
"WRITING THE SHORT-STORY,"
"WRITING THE PHOTOPLAY," ETC., ETC.,
AND
DALE CARNAGEY
PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING, BALTIMORE SCHOOL OF COMMERCE AND FINANCE; INSTRUCTOR IN PUBLIC SPEAKING, Y.M.C.A. SCHOOLS, NEW YORK, BROOKLYN, BALTIMORE, AND PHILADELPHIA, AND THE NEW YORK CITY CHAPTER, AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF BANKING

THE WRITER'S LIBRARY
EDITED BY J. BERG ESENWEIN
THE HOME CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL
SPRINGFIELD, MASS.
PUBLISHERS

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Copyright 1915
THE HOME CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
TO F. ARTHUR METCALF
FELLOW-WORKER AND FRIEND
Table of Contents
THINGS TO THINK OF FIRST--A FOREWORD
* CHAPTER I--ACQUIRING CONFIDENCE BEFORE AN AUDIENCE
* CHAPTER II--THE SIN OF MONOTONY
* CHAPTER III--EFFICIENCY THROUGH EMPHASIS AND SUBORDINATION * CHAPTER IV--EFFICIENCY THROUGH CHANGE OF PITCH
* CHAPTER V--EFFICIENCY THROUGH CHANGE OF PACE
* CHAPTER VI--PAUSE AND POWER
* CHAPTER VII--EFFICIENCY THROUGH INFLECTION
* CHAPTER VIII--CONCENTRATION IN DELIVERY
* CHAPTER IX--FORCE
* CHAPTER X--FEELING AND ENTHUSIASM
* CHAPTER XI--FLUENCY THROUGH PREPARATION
* CHAPTER XII--THE VOICE
* CHAPTER XIII--VOICE CHARM
* CHAPTER XIV--DISTINCTNESS AND PRECISION OF UTTERANCE
* CHAPTER XV--THE TRUTH ABOUT GESTURE
* CHAPTER XVI--METHODS OF DELIVERY
* CHAPTER XVII--THOUGHT AND RESERVE POWER
* CHAPTER XVIII--SUBJECT AND PREPARATION
* CHAPTER XIX--INFLUENCING BY EXPOSITION

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* CHAPTER XX--INFLUENCING BY DESCRIPTION
* CHAPTER XXI--INFLUENCING BY NARRATION
* CHAPTER XXII--INFLUENCING BY SUGGESTION
* CHAPTER XXIII--INFLUENCING BY ARGUMENT
* CHAPTER XXIV--INFLUENCING BY PERSUASION
* CHAPTER XXV--INFLUENCING THE CROWD
* CHAPTER XXVI--RIDING THE WINGED HORSE
* CHAPTER XXVII--GROWING A VOCABULARY
* CHAPTER XXVIII--MEMORY TRAINING
* CHAPTER XXIX--RIGHT THINKING AND PERSONALITY
* CHAPTER XXX--AFTER-DINNER AND OTHER OCCASIONAL SPEAKING
* CHAPTER XXXI--MAKING CONVERSATION EFFECTIVE
APPENDIX A--FIFTY QUESTIONS FOR DEBATE
APPENDIX B--THIRTY THEMES FOR SPEECHES, WITH SOURCE-REFERENCES APPENDIX C--SUGGESTIVE SUBJECTS FOR SPEECHES; HINTS FOR TREATMENT APPENDIX D--SPEECHES FOR STUDY AND PRACTISE
GENERAL INDEX
=Things to Think of First=
A FOREWORD
The efficiency of a book is like that of a man, in one important respect: its attitude toward its subject is the first source of its power. A book may be full of good ideas well expressed, but if its writer views his subject from the wrong angle even his excellent advice may prove to be ineffective. This book stands or falls by its authors' attitude toward its subject. If the best way to teach oneself or others to speak effectively in public is to fill the mind with rules, and to set up fixed standards for the interpretation of thought, the utterance of language, the making of gestures, and all the rest, then this book will be limited in value to such stray ideas throughout its pages as may prove helpful to the reader--as an effort to enforce a group of principles it must be reckoned a failure, because it is then untrue. It is of some importance, therefore, to those who take up this volume with open mind that they should see clearly at the out-start what is the thought that at once underlies and is builded through this structure. In plain words it is this:

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Training in public speaking is not a matter of externals--primarily; it is not a matter of imitation--fundamentally; it is not a matter of conformity to standards--at all. Public speaking is public utterance, public issuance, of the man himself; therefore the first thing both in time and in importance is that the man should be and think and feel things that are worthy of being given forth. Unless there be something of value within, no tricks of training can ever make of the talker anything more than a machine--albeit a highly perfected machine--for the delivery of other men's goods. So self-development is fundamental...
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