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An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue

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Whether at a business meeting, church gathering, or social function, most of us will be called upon at some time to speak publicly. As Christians, we are called to speak not only with effectiveness but also in a way that honors God and embodies Christian virtue. In An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, communications expert Quentin J. Schultze encourages readers to become ...more
Paperback, 111 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Baker Academic (first published July 15th 2006)
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Christopher M.
Jul 25, 2011 Christopher M. rated it liked it
A pretty good book which overviews public speaking from a Christian perspective for a Christian reader. The book isn't as much concerned with the specifics of methodology (although there are some) as much as a big-picture summary of a believer's calling to be responsible, truthful, and virtuous while giving a unified and artful presentation. My troubles with the book have more to do with its lack of a clear structure or end-goal. While reading, I had a hard time detecting a flow of thoughts, tho ...more
Edikan Udoh
Feb 10, 2017 Edikan Udoh rated it really liked it
Honestly, its quite refreshing as a Christian to come across literature that addresses basic topics from a sound Christian perspective. The way Quentin addresses rhetorics in this book makes it a common ground for rhetoricians and Christians alike. Fabulous content.
L.S.
Jan 03, 2009 L.S. rated it it was amazing
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This is truly amazing book! It is a Christian view on public speaking and is not (just) for pastors or Sunday teachers. It can really help you to serve as best as you can those who you are spaking to. When spaking in public you shoud be responsible and even you do not mention a thing about you faith the speach that you deliver should be from a Christian world view (ie to serve the public) which is essential in this postmodern times, as a social testimony.
Nick
Feb 03, 2010 Nick rated it liked it
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Straight forward and easy to read. If you are a neophyte to the topic of public speaking this book serves as a good, yet brief, introduction. This book is written with a Christian audience in view, which I greatly appreciated, and spent quite a bit of time covering ethical elements of speaking. But if you are looking for technique, you will have to look elsewhere.
Stephanie
Aug 15, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This is a good book that uses the Christian faith to grow the speaking perspective of otherwise reluctant speakers. It helped me to change my attitude toward speaking and to look at it as an act of service and an act of faith.
Andy Mitchell
Aug 09, 2011 Andy Mitchell rated it it was amazing
The author is somewhat abstract and idealistic in style, much more big picture / less concrete than most other public speaking books. If you're an NF on the Myers-Briggs, you'll feel like you're spending time with an old friend.
Anderson
Jun 15, 2016 Anderson rated it really liked it
Nice book, short and easy to read. Has some great advice on both the practical and the philosophical ends of public speaking.
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Quentin J. Schultze (PhD, University of Illinois) is Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair and professor of communication arts and sciences at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also distinguished professor at Spring Arbor University. Schultze has been quoted in major media including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News & World Report, the New York Times, Fortune, the Chicago Tribune, a ...more
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