One of the best-known and most effective communicators in history was Dale Carnegie. He was well-known as a great speaker and trainer of speakers. That is why I’m sharing with you, one of my all time favorite communication books by him, “The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking.” This book brings Carnegie’s wisdom and ideas to life in a helpful, easy-to-read way. As someone who speaks regularly and has read a lot of books on communication, this book has been very helpful to me, and is full of tips that I’ve always been able to take hold of. I think anyone who wants to communicate more effectively will benefit from his work. Here’s a brief synopsis for you. Enjoy!
1. Acquiring the Basic Skills
You can develop the confidence to get up and face a group of people and address them in a coherent, fluent manner. Think of what self-confidence and the ability to talk more effectively will mean to you. Think of what it may mean to you socially, of the friends it will bring, of your increased capacity in your civic, social, or church group, of the influence and leadership you will exert in your business.
2. Developing Confidence
Learning to speak in public is nature’s own method of helping us come to grips with our fears, overcoming self-consciousness and building up courage and self-confidence. Many professional speakers have assured me that they never completely lose all stage fright. To develop courage when you are facing an audience, you must act as if you already have it.
3. Speak Effectively the Quick and Easy Way
Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners. Be sure you are excited about your subject. For complete success, the speaker must make his listeners feel that what he has to say is important to them.
4. Earning the Right to Talk
Rich, colorful and concrete details are compelling, so fill your talk with illustrations and examples. There is no denying the power of a story to hold attention. Humanize your talk with human interest and fill your talk with specific detail (who, what, where, when, how).
5. Vitalizing the Talk
If a speaker believes a thing earnestly enough and says it earnestly enough, he will get adherents to his cause. You will generate excitement and interest in your talk in proportion to the amount of excitement you put into it. Remember that acting in earnest will make you feel earnest.
6. Sharing the Talk with the Audience
When your talk links with what your hearers are most interested in, namely, themselves, you guarantee that the lines of communication will remain open. Ask yourself how knowledge of your subject will help the members of your audience solve their problems or achieve their goals, and then proceed to show them that. You will have their complete attention.
7. Making the Short Talk to Get Action
Start your talk by giving the details of your Example, an incident that graphically illustrates the main idea you wish to get across. Second, in specific clear-cut terms give your Point and explain exactly what you want your audience to do. Third, give your Reason, that is, highlight the advantage or benefit to be gained by the listener when he does what you ask him to do.
8. Making the Talk to Inform
We all make informative talks many times every day by giving directions or instructions, and making explanations and reports. Restrict your subject to fit the time at your disposal. Arrange your ideas using a logical sequence and enumerate your points as you make them. Compare things your hearers don’t understand with something they do understand and use visual aids.
9. Making the Talk to Convince
Sincerity is the best way to win the confidence of an audience. Begin by stressing something that you and your hearers all believe. Then raise some pertinent question that everyone would like to get answered. Then take your audience on a search for the answer, presenting the facts as you see them so clearly that they will be led to accept your conclusions as their own.
10. Making Impromptu Talks
The ability to assemble one’s thoughts and to speak on the spur of the moment is even more important than the ability to speak only after lengthy and laborious preparation. When called on to say a few words, beginning with a story will help you get started and will enlist the attention of your audience at once.
11. Delivering the Talk
It is not easy to be natural before an audience. Be yourself. Don’t try to imitate others. You have individuality. As a speaker, it is your most precious possession. It is the spark that will put force and sincerity into your speaking. Please, I beg you, do not attempt to force yourself in a mold and thereby lose your distinctiveness.
12. Introducing Speakers, Presenting and Accepting Awards
The speech of introduction serves the same purpose as a social introduction. When we make a speech of presentation, we reassure the recipient that he really is somebody. In the talk of acceptance give credit to others who have helped you, and tell what the award means to you.
13. Organizing the Longer Talk
A talk is a voyage with a purpose, and it must be charted. No infallible rules can be given, but we can indicate the three major phases of the longer talk to get action: the action step, the body, and the conclusion. By launching directly into a story you make it easy to capture an audience’s attention. You can illustrate your points with examples because everybody loves a story! If a talk is to go over well, it has to have a good ending.
14. Applying What You Have Learned
Even though you are not planning to make a speech in public for some time, if at all, I am certain you will find the principles and techniques in this book applicable to everyday life. You will find that competence in self-expression will lead to competence in other areas as well, for training in effective speaking is the royal road to self-confidence in all the areas of working and living.
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