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Public Speaking for Success

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,634 ratings  ·  321 reviews
Dale Carnegie, author of the legendary How to Win Friends and Influence People, began his career as the premier "life coach" of the twentieth century by teaching the art of public speaking. Public speaking, as Carnegie saw it, is a vital skill that can be attained through basic and repeated steps. His classic volume on the subject appeared in 1926 and was revised twice-in ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by TarcherPerigee (first published January 1st 1962)
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Michael Baggetta
I read this book when I was 16 years old. That was in 1974! My father made me take the Dale Carnegie course then and I have to say I have been a public speaker my whole life. I learned a-lot from this book and others by him. A must read!
LeeAnn Taylor
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book one week before I was scheduled for a public speaking engagement, to get myself added confidence and some fresh ideas on effective speaking. It worked!! It is full of good, solid concepts to help anyone become a confident and entertaining speaker.
Samir Ahmed
One of the most bland and tedious book ever read. It took me almost three years to finish this. After reading 'How to win friends', I had lot of expectations from this book but it disappointed me to the moon and back! It is not at all engaging. However it has few silver linings like Short talks, Impromptu speeches, Opening speeches, few tried and tested rules, etc. But whenever the interest is developed it is soon lost by numerous unnecessary analogies. If concised to one third of its volume it ...more
Sep 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We can call this book the world of public speaking...
Franky Val
Apr 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Made it 1/3 of the way. Stopped reading because I presented my speech so I wasn’t applying the information anymore.
Nada AbuHassan
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It take me long time to finish it , it is very useful book.
Vanga Srikanth
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Vanga Srikanth

The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking Book Review

This book has 14 chapters of examples and insight into public speeching. The author, who taught public speaking at seminars for 40 years, has learned alot and communicates his ideals well in written form. I really envy those who had a chance to listen to his public speeches. That is the weakest part of this book, which the author admits. It doesn't matter how much you read about
MochaLatte's Book Hut
Useful and easy to follow.

"Effective the revealing expression of a human personality"

Another treasure by Dale Carnegie. It tells how to improve your communication skills which crucial to our life whether in professional or personal field. The author sets a few guideline or steps on how to communicate effectively with others and to achieve what you want. The book consists few parts which explains the important details and technique on communication and few aspects related to it.

I re
A Daisy
Jul 19, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I won a Scholarship the Dale Carnegie Leadership workshop series and so will be reading three of his books. I'm very excited about the experience. Public Speaking has always been one of my strong suits, but I'd have to be a fool to not take this opportunity to dust off and polish my existing skill set. ...more
the cliff notes:
have passion and enthusiasm for your topic
be knowledgeable
practice at every opportunity
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fixi, english
I want to highlight these two stories that captured my interest the most. Which first is:

1) How lincoln always keep books with him wherever he go. It's just such a good example that proved to us, books can improve a lot of ourselves, only if we read, focus and do it.

2) "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm". Which this one story William Lyon Phelps was probably the most beloved and the most popular professor ever to teach at Yale University. He said "teaching is more that an art or
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was absolutely incredible as I learned so much about how to give an effective speech from beginning to end. While I learned so much about these concepts from my time at Toastmasters, the book goes incredibly in depth discussing things from speech format to things you should be conscious of from a personal level as well.

Couple of key points are that for the introduction, you want to start out with some type of question, fact, story, or anything else that will really appeal directly to t
The quick & easy way to effective speaking by the greatest Dale Carnegie
This book taught me a lot , tactics and ways I need them now as I need them in the future .
We all like to impact people with our thoughts and ideas but when the occasion comes we hesitate and we don’t know how , what to do and what to say ! This book should be read by everyone , a student and a worker , business man and a teacher ... we everyday encounter such a situation which requires us to talk and expresses what is in o
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually, I'm a type of a silent man and find myself hard to speak in the public. I always feel nervous when staying in front of many people, even in front of the group I have known well. However, once I remember, I was chosen to speak in front of thousands of students for 10-15mn while I hadn't known it in advance and prepared nothing. I kept staying calm, leant to microphone and I spoke of what I could think of. I didn't even realize what I was talking, but surprisingly, as I finished, everyon ...more
Duncan Akyeampong
With Dale Carngie books you have read them again to understand what he is saying. He gives too many examples plus too many names as well they are key values in his book that might be useful in the present and future.
Alejandro Mendez
May 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My third book from the great Dale Carnegie and this was as good as the other two. I could really say now that Carnegie is one of my favorite authors on Business and Life lessons. Always with clear examples and resourceful guidelines for everyday life events.

Final Rating: 4.4
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Decent book. Took away some tips for my professional career and speaking with coworkers and upper management.
Rithik Dharan
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Loved this and learnt to many things. 😁
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Always a reluctant speaker, I have - to be honest - never put in the effort to apply myself to develop the skill... but small lessons over the years that I have picked up have helped me to acknowledge that it is possible to become better and even achieve the impossible task of engaging people, catching their attention...

The book mostly reinforces what I have learnt earlier - either from other books or articles, or thru my own experiments - and these I can validate from my own trials:

(1) I have
Farhan Khalid
We are not born competent, we become so

Draw inspiration from the experience of others

Do not lose sight of your goal

Be sure of your success beforehand

Seize every opportunity to practice

The fear of public speaking comes from lack of habit

Talk about your subject with your friends: this is a way to test the ideas

To become confident, then you have to act as if you were

Search for subjects in your past. Speak about them

Ask yourself if you would be able to defend your point of view with conviction if yo
Popoy Mindalano
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One thing that I learned after reading this book was that in order to speak effectively in the public, it takes certain preparation and adherence to certain principles in order to achieve that end.

This book will teach its readers with various principles and techniques in order to effectively speak in the public. But the principles presented here are not a magical eloquent formulas as this book is filled with disciplines to follow so that we could train ourselves to become an effective public sp
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great little book for anyone looking to improve upon their speaking skills. Dale Carnegie is one of, if not the, greatest self-help authors of all time. He's written countless books on how to improve your business and personal skills, and this book does not disappoint. Like all of his books, it is a little old and dated, but practical and useful nonetheless. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their communication skills. ...more
Lefford Fate
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great read. I remember reading the earlier addition during a communications course a few years ago. I was familiar with the content but this time I feel I had a better grasp on the content. This is a book that deserves to be studied. Keep this book and go through it several times. It is just that powerful.
Ravi Shukla
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for anyone who finds lack of confidence while speaking on feet to the audience. It is written mostly in the forms of story which will grip you and explain you the concepts easily and quickly.

I really enjoyed this book and will re-read it to remember the key concepts before giving my next presentation.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book delivers really interesting facts and ways. The way everything is explained is simple and easy. I liked this book and would recommend to everyone irrespective of their age. A very motivational book indeed.
Amroj Sandhu
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Step by step guide to public speaking— but with a lot of anecdotes. This is what’s wonderful about reading through the experiences of person who has lived teaching people how to make it work.
Look at your listeners as if they owe you money, best advice I have come across on public speaking...
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i'm going to use the lesson to my fullest ability! ...more
Zan Stankovic
Sep 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will teach you how to become unbeatable in front of the public. It will also make an impact in your everyday life.
Michael David
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read both Norman Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie's works. I can unequivocally say that I prefer Carnegie's write-ups, because his books are often constructive and directive: Carnegie provides concrete guidelines and steps to achieve what the reader seeks for himself. In contrast, however, Peale is all about abstract ideas like "enthusiasm," or "positive thinking," and tries to admix it with his brand of "psychology" so that one could improve himself.

Carnegie didn't skip a beat with this bo
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"I'm always willing to give an unknown book a try if I get it for free or an extremely reduced price. This was the case for books like The Thirteen American Arguments by Howard Fineman and Rights from Wrongs by Alan Dershowitz. Some of these unknowns ended up becoming true gems that I found great value in and others didn't have all that much to offer. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking by Dale Carnegie was one of those freebies I picked up after c
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Dale Breckenridge Carnegie (originally Carnagey until 1922 and possibly somewhat later) (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955) was an American writer and lecturer and the developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. Born in poverty on a farm in Missouri, he was the author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, fir ...more

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