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The Art Of Public Speaking

By J. Berg Esenwein, Author Op "How To Attract Amd Hold An Audience," "Writing The Short-Story," "Writing Tbs Photoplay," Etc., Etc., And Dale Carnagey, Instructor In Public Speaking, Y. M. C. A. Schools, New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Wilmington, And Baltimore The Writer's Library.

Edited By J. Berg Esenwein, The Home Correspondence Schoo Springfield, Mass.

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Copyright 1915 The Home Correspondence School All Rights Reserved

To F. Arthur Metcalf Fellow-Worker And Friend

Things to Think of First


Table of Contents


A Foreword
The efficiency of a book is like that of a man, in one important respect: its attitude toward its subject is the first source of its power. A book may be full of good ideas well expressed, but if its ...

The Art Of Public Speaking
Sense never fails to give them that have it, Words enough to make them understood. It too often happens in some conversations, as in Apothecary Shops, that those Pots that are Empty, or have Things of...

Chapter I. Acquiring Confidence Before An Audience
There is a strange sensation often experienced in the presence of an audience. It may proceed from the gaze of the many eyes that turn upon the speaker, especially if he permits himself to steadily re...

Chapter I. Acquiring Confidence Before An Audience Continued

Chapter II. The Sin Of Monotony
One day Ennui was born from Uniformity. - Motte. Our English has changed with the years so that many words now connote more than they did originally. This is true of the word monotonous. From havin...

Chapter III. Efficiency Through Emphasis And Subordination
In a word, the principle of emphasis .... is followed best, not by remembering particular rules, but by being full of a particular feeling. - C. S. Baldwin, Writing and Speaking. The gun that scatter...

Chapter III. Efficiency Through Emphasis And Subordination Continued

Chapter IV. Efficiency Through Change Of Pitch
Speech is simply a modified form of singing: the principal difference being in the fact that in singing the vowel sounds are prolonged and the intervals are short, whereas in speech the words are utte...

Chapter IV. Efficiency Through Change Of Pitch Part 2

Chapter IV. Efficiency Through Change Of Pitch Part 3

Chapter V. Efficiency Through Change Of Pace
Hear how he clears the points o' Faith Wi' rattlin' an' thumpin'! Now meekly calm, now wild in wrath, He's stampin' an' he's jumpin'. - Robert Burns, Holy Fair. The Latins have bequeathed to us a ...

Chapter V. Efficiency Through Change Of Pace Part 2

Chapter V. Efficiency Through Change Of Pace Part 3

Chapter V. Efficiency Through Change Of Pace Part 4

Chapter VI. Pause And Power
The true business of the literary artist is to plait or weave his meaning, involving it around itself; so that each sentence, by successive phrases, shall first come into a kind of knot, and then, aft...

Chapter VI. Pause And Power Part 2

Chapter VI. Pause And Power Part 3

Chapter VII. Efficiency Through Inflection
How soft the music of those village bells, Falling at intervals upon the ear In cadence sweet; now dying all away, Now pealing loud again, and louder still, Clear and sonorous, as the gale comes on! W...

Chapter VII. Efficiency Through Inflection Part 2

Chapter VII. Efficiency Through Inflection Part 3

Chapter VIII. Concentration In Delivery
Attention is the microscope of the mental eye. Its power may be high or low; its field of view narrow or broad. When high power is used attention is confined within very circumscribed limits, but its ...

Chapter IX. Force
However, 'tis expedient to be wary: Indifference, certes, don't produce distress; And rash enthusiasm in good society Were nothing but a moral inebriety. - Byron, Don Juan. You have attended plays t...

Chapter IX. Force Part 2

Chapter IX. Force Part 3

Chapter X. Feeling And Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit that hovers over the production of genius. - Isaac Disraeli, Literary Character. If you are addressing a body of scientists on such a subject as the v...

Chapter X. Feeling And Enthusiasm Part 2

Chapter X. Feeling And Enthusiasm Part 3

Chapter XI. Fluency Through Preparation
Animis opibusque parati - Ready in mind and resources. - Motto of South Carolina. In omnibus negotiis prius quam aggrediare, adhibenda est praeparatio diligens - In all matters before beginning a di...

Chapter XI. Fluency Through Preparation Continued

Chapter XII. The Voice
0h, there is something in that voice that reaches The innermost recesses of my spirit! - Longfellow, Christus. The dramatic critic of The London Times once declared that acting is nine-tenths voice ...

Chapter XII. The Voice Continued

Chapter XIII. Voice Charm
A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good-natured. - Joseph Addison, The Tattler. Poe said that the tone of beauty is sadness, but he ...

Chapter XIII. Voice Charm Continued

Chapter XIV. Distinctness And Precision Of Utterance
In man speaks God. - Hesiod, Words and Days. And endless are the modes of speech, and far Extends from side to side the field of words. - Homer, Iliad. In popular usage the terms pronunciation, ...

Chapter XIV. Distinctness And Precision Of Utterance Continued

Chapter XV. The Truth About Gesture
When Whitefield acted an old blind man advancing by slow steps toward the edge of the precipice, Lord Chesterfield started up and cried: Good God, he is gone! - Nathan Sheppard, Before an Audience....

Chapter XV. The Truth About Gesture Part 2

Chapter XV. The Truth About Gesture Part 3

Chapter XVI. Methods Of Delivery
The crown, the consummation, of the discourse is its delivery. Toward it all preparation looks, for it the audience waits, by it the speaker is judged......All the forces of the orator's life converge...

Chapter XVI. Methods Of Delivery Part 2

Chapter XVI. Methods Of Delivery Part 3

Chapter XVII. Thought And Reserve Power
Providence is always on the side of the last reserve. - Napoleon Bonaparte So mightiest powers by deepest calms are fed, And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be! - Barry Cornwall, The Sea in...

Chapter XVII. Thought And Reserve Power Part 3

Chapter XVII. Thought And Reserve Power Part 3

Chapter XVIII. Subject And Preparation
Suit your topics to your strength. And ponder well your subject, and its length; Nor lift your load, before you're quite aware What weight your shoulders will, or will not, bear. - Byron, Hints from ...

Chapter XVIII. Subject And Preparation Part 2

Chapter XVIII. Subject And Preparation Part 3

Chapter XVIII. Subject And Preparation Part 4

Chapter XIX. Influencing By Exposition
Speak not at all, in any wise, till you have somewhat to speak; care not for the reward of your speaking, but simply and with undivided mind for the truth of your speaking. - Thomas Carlyle, Essay on...

Chapter XIX. Influencing By Exposition Part 2

Chapter XIX. Influencing By Exposition Part 3

Chapter XX. Influencing By Description
The groves of Eden vanish'd now so long, Live in description, and look green in song. - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest. The moment our discourse rises above the ground-line of familiar facts, and is...

Chapter XX. Influencing By Description Part 2

Chapter XX. Influencing By Description Part 3

Chapter XX. Influencing By Description Part 4

Chapter XX. Influencing By Description Part 5

Chapter XXI. Influencing By Narration
The art of narration is the art of writing in hooks and eyes. The principle consists in making the appropriate thought follow the appropriate thought, the proper fact the proper fact; in first prepari...

Chapter XXI. Influencing By Narration Part 2

Chapter XXI. Influencing By Narration Part 3

Chapter XXII. Influencing By Suggestion
Sometimes the feeling that a given way of looking at things is undoubtedly correct prevents the mind from thinking at all. . . . . In view of the hindrances which certain kinds or degrees of feeling t...

Chapter XXII. Influencing By Suggestion Part 2

Chapter XXII. Influencing By Suggestion Part 3

Chapter XXII. Influencing By Suggestion Part 4

Chapter XXIII. Influencing By Argument
Common sense is the common sense of mankind. It is the product of common observation and experience. It is modest, plain, and unsophisticated. It sees with everybody's eyes, and hears with everybody's...

Chapter XXIII. Influencing By Argument Part 2

Chapter XXIII. Influencing By Argument Part 3

Chapter XXIV. Influencing By Persuasion
She hath prosperous art When she will play with reason and discourse, And well she can persuade. - Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Him we call an artist who shall play on an assembly of men as a m...

Chapter XXIV. Influencing By Persuasion Part 2

Chapter XXIV. Influencing By Persuasion Part 3

Chapter XXV. Influencing The Crowd
Success in business, in the last analysis, turns upon touching the imagination of crowds. The reason that preachers in this present generation are less successful in getting people to want goodness th...

Chapter XXV. Influencing The Crowd Part 2

Chapter XXV. Influencing The Crowd Part 3

Chapter XXVI. Riding The Winged Horse
To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius - the men of reasoning and the men of imagination. - Isaac Disraeli, Literary Character of Men of Genius. And as imaginatio...

Chapter XXVI. Riding The Winged Horse Part 2

Chapter XXVI. Riding The Winged Horse Part 3

Chapter XXVII. Growing A Vocabulary
Boys flying kites haul in their white winged birds; You can't do that way when you're flying words. Careful with fire, is good advice we know, Careful with words, is ten times doubly so. Thoughts ...

Chapter XXVII. Growing A Vocabulary Continued

Chapter XXVIII. Memory Training
Lulled in the countless chambers of the brain, Our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; Awake but one, and lo! what myriads rise! Each stamps its image as the other flies! Hail, memory, hail! ...

Chapter XXVIII. Memory Training Part 2

Chapter XXVIII. Memory Training Part 3

Chapter XXIX. Right Thinking And Personality
Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called. - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty. Right thinking fits for complete living by developing the power to appreciate the beaut...

Chapter XXX. After-Dinner And Other Occasional Speaking
The perception of the ludicrous is a pledge of sanity. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays. And let him be sure to leave other men their turns to speak. - Francis Bacon, Essay on Civil and Moral Discourse...

Chapter XXX. After-Dinner And Other Occasional Speaking Continued

Chapter XXXI. Making Conversation Effective
In conversation avoid the extremes of forwardness and reserve. - Cato. Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student. - Emerson, Essays: Circles. The father of W. E. Gladstone conside...

Appendices
Appendix A. Fifty Questions For Debate 1. Has Labor Unionism justified its existence? 2. Should all church printing be brought out under the Union Label? 3. Is the Open Shop a benefit to the commu...

Appendix B. Thirty Themes For Speeches With Source References For Material

Appendix C. Suggestive Subjects For Speeches With Occasional Hints On Treatment

Appendix D. Speeches For Study And Practise
Newell Dwight Hillis - Brave Little Belgium

Appendix D. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 2

Appendix D. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 3

Appendix E. Speeches For Study And Practise
Henry Watterson - The New Americanism (Abridged)

Appendix F. Speeches For Study And Practise
John Morley - Founder's Day Address (Abridged)

Appendix F. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 2

Appendix F. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 3

Appendix G. Speeches For Study And Practise
Robert Toombs. On Resigning From the Senate 1861 (Abridged)

Appendix G. Speeches For Study And Practise Continued

Appendix H. Speeches For Study And Practise
Theodore Roosevelt. Inaugural Address (1905)

Appendix I. Speeches For Study And Practise
On American Motherhood (1905)

Appendix I. Speeches For Study And Practise Continued

Appendix J. Speeches For Study And Practise
Alton B. Parker. The Call To Democrats

Appendix K. Speeches For Study And Practise
John W. Wescott. Nominating Woodrow Wilson

Appendix L. Speeches For Study And Practise
Henry W. Grady. The Race Problem

Appendix L. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 2

Appendix L. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 3

Appendix L. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 4

Appendix L. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 5

Appendix L. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 6

Appendix M. Speeches For Study And Practise
William Mckinley. Last Speech

Appendix M. Speeches For Study And Practise Continued

Appendix N. Speeches For Study And Practise
John Hay. Tribute To Mckinley

Appendix N. Speeches For Study And Practise Continued

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise
William Jennings Bryan. The Prince Of Peace (1894)

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 2

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 3

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 4

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 5

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 6

Appendix O. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 7

Appendix P. Speeches For Study And Practise
Rufus Choate. Eulogy Of Webster

Appendix P. Speeches For Study And Practise Continued

Appendix Q. Speeches For Study And Practise
Albert J. Beveridge. Pass Prosperity Around

Appendix Q. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 2

Appendix Q. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 3

Appendix Q. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 4

Appendix Q. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 5

Appendix Q. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 6

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise
Russell Conwell. Acres Of Diamonds

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 2

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 3

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 4

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 5

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 6

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 7

Appendix R. Speeches For Study And Practise Part 8

Appendix S. Speeches For Study And Practise
Victor Hugo. Honore De Balzac




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