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Simply Speaking: How to Communicate Your Ideas with Style, Substance, and Clarity

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Advice from Peggy Noonan:"The most moving thing in a speech is its logic. It's not the flowery words or flourishes, it's not the sentimental exhortations, it's never the faux poetry we're all subjected to these days. It's the logic behind your case. A good case well argued and well said is inherently moving. It shows respect for the brains of the listeners. There is an imp ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 20th 1998 by Harper
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Gil Michelini
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who speaks in public
Well written, excellent tips, and an interesting historical insight into the workings of Office of the President. Noonan takes some of the great speeches of the 20th century and provides commentary of what works and what does not.

I particularly enjoyed her eyewitness account to how the speech President Reagan gave after the Challenger disaster and Noonan account of the prayer breakfast where Mother Teresa spoke.

My favorite quote "No speech should last more than 20 minutes. Why? Because Ronald Re
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Bart
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Writers of any kind
This is a wonderful and simple book by a wonderful and simple writer. Peggy Noonan is the one writer on the Wall Street Journal staff with a distinctive voice and a gentle way.

As a political columnist, Noonan is as good as they come. She is the rarest of things among political commentators: persuasive.

Where Maureen Dowd is scornful and Charles Krauthammer is concussive and George Will is stern, Noonan is gentle and intelligent and, once more, persuasive. She is perhaps the only weekly columnist
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Sskous
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
the best book I ever found to teach public speaking, which I taught to adults who needed the skill in their work. The testimonies were amazing, from a dreadfully shy man to a garrolous woman to many in between. Everyone learned much that improved their communication skills. Exceellent!
David Heywood
May 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Some great stories, but not very applicable to me.
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Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The best part of reading this book was learning about the way a speechwriter thinks. This book is worth reading, and rereading, for that very reason.
Andy Mitchell
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
an interesting read, but very dated - neat stroll through the 1980s and 1990s
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Peggy Noonan is an author of seven books on politics, religion and culture, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. She is considered a political conservative.

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