The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

This is Dorothy Carnegie's summary of her book, from 1962, which is based on Dale Carnegie's Public Speaking and Influencing Men in Business, from 1931.


Table of Contents

  1. Fundamentals of Effective Speaking
  2. Speech, Speaker, and Audience
  3. The Purpose of Prepared and Impromptu Talks
  4. The Art of Communicating
  5. The Challenge of Effective Speaking

Part One

Fundamentals of Effective Speaking

1. Acquiring the Basic Skills

  • Take heart from the experience of others
  • Keep your goal before you
  • Predetermine your mind to success
  • Seize every opportunity to practice

2. Developing Confidence

  • Get the facts about fear of speaking in public
  • Prepare in the proper way
  • Predetermine your mind to success
  • Act confident

3. Speaking Effectively the Quick and Easy Way

  • Speaking about something you have earned the right to talk about through experience or study
  • Be sure you are excited about your subject
  • Be eager to share your talk with your listeners

Part Two

Speech, Speaker, and Audience

4. Earning the Right to Talk

  • Limit your subject
  • Develop reserve power
  • Fill your talk with illustrations and examples
  • Use concrete, familiar words that create pictures

5. Vitalizing the Talk

  • Choose subjects you are earnest about
  • Relive the Feelings you have about your topic
  • Act in earnest

6. Sharing the Talk with the Audience

  • Talk in terms of your listeners' interests
  • Give honest, sincere appreciation
  • Identify yourself with the audience
  • Make your audience a partner in your talk
  • Play yourself down

Part Three

The Purpose of Prepared and Impromptu Talks

7. Making the Short Talk to Get Action

  • Give your example, an incident from your life
  • State your point, what you want the audience to do
  • Give the reason or benefit the audience may expect

8. Making the Talk to Inform

  • Restrict your subject to fit the time at your disposal
  • Arrange your ideas in sequence
  • Enumerate your points as you make them
  • Compare the strange with the familiar
  • Use visual aids

9. Making the Talk to Convince

  • Win confidence by deserving it
  • Get a Yes-response
  • Speakin with contagious enthusiasm
  • Show respect and affection for your audience
  • Begin in a friendly way

10. Making Impromptu Talks

  • Practice impromptu speaking
  • Be mentally ready to speak impromptu
  • Get into an example immediately
  • Speak with animation and force
  • Use the principle of the Here and the Now
  • Don't talk impromptu--Give an impromptu talk

Part Four

The Art of Communicating

11. Delivering the Talk

  • Crash through your shell of self-consciousness
  • Don't try to imitate others--Be yourself
  • Converse with your audience
  • Put your heart into your speaking
  • Practice making your voice strong and flexible

Part Five

The Challenge of Effective Speaking

12. Introducing Speakers, Presenting and Accepting Awards

  • Thoroughly prepare what you are going to say
  • Follow the T-I-S Formula
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Thoroughly prepare the talk of presentation
  • Express your sincere feelings in the talk of acceptance

13. Organizing the Longer Talk

  • Get attention immediately
  • Avoid getting unfavorable attention
  • Support your main ideas
  • Appeal for action

14. Applying What You Have Learned

  • Use specific detail in everyday conversation
  • Use effective speaking techniques in your job
  • Seek Opportunities to speak in public
  • You must persist
  • Keep the certainty of reward before you

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