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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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Writing and delivering speeches will make you more aware of your appearance, your posture, and your voice. You'll learn to enunciate more clearly and pronounce words correctly. You'll learn to pay more attention to grammar and word usage. Your "people skills" will improve. You'll become a better listener and more conscious of how words affect you and others.

And here's something even more important: If you become an accomplished speaker, you will be a more interesting person. As your self-confidence as a speaker grows, so will your self-confidence in other aspects of your business and personal life.

As your ability and confidence grow, you might find that making a speech can actually be fun. Or, if not fun, certainly gratifying. ...

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