The Art of Public Speaking

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Author: Dale Carnegie
Co-author: J. Berg Esenwein
Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 159,342 / 466 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.9
LoC Category: PE
Downloads: 243,801
Added to site: 2005.07.17 10926

Training in public speaking is not a matter of externals--primarily; it is not a matter of imitation--fundamentally; it is not a matter of conformity to standards--at all. Public speaking is public utterance, public issuance, of the man himself; therefore the first thing both in time and in importance is that the man should be and think and feel things that are worthy of being given forth. Unless there be something of value within, no tricks of training can ever make of the talker anything more than a machine--albeit a highly perfected machine--for the delivery of other men's goods. So self-development is fundamental in our plan.

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r audience will not hurt you. If Beecher in Liverpool had spoken behind a wire screen he would have invited the audience to throw the over-ripe missiles with which they were loaded; but he was a man, confronted his hostile hearers fearlessly--and won them.

In facing your audience, pause a moment and look them over--a hundred chances to one they want you to succeed, for what man is so foolish as to spend his time, perhaps his money, in the hope that you will waste his investment by talking dully?

Concluding Hints

Do not make haste to begin--haste shows lack of control.

Do not apologize. It ought not to be necessary; and if it is, it will not help. Go straight ahead.

Take a deep breath, relax, and begin in a quiet conversational tone as though you were speaking to one large friend. You will not find it half so bad as you imagined; really, it is like taking a cold plunge: after you are in, the water is fine. In fact, having spoken a few times you will even anticipate t


Average Rating of 4.5 from 10 reviews: *****



He is the real idol in my life. .only for him I get a new life for living. .he changed my whole life. ..I think he is alive inside of my mind for all time. .he and his creations are my best friends forever. ..God bless him. ...

stephen adjei

the art of public speaking has over the years proven beyond all odds that no matter who you your ideas can still be echoed to the information seeking audience with excellence. it is a great book that needs to be read by everyone mounting the pulpit.

Otu Oluwagbemiga

After years of searching, I finally came to a fountain that has both satisfied my thirst and ensured future supplies. The world owe a big thanks to Dale.

Emmanuel Ojeifo

The art of public speaking is one that needs urgent stressing in these days. The great majority of schools and colleges are silent upon it, and the fact that it has little place in contemporary style of education is one of the signs of the times. It is in this light that Dale Carnegie stands out clearly as a man whose thoughts sheds bright light for all times and seasons!


Dale Carnegie's books are really very effective and helping transform lives. God bless!


Dale....................a real teacher of inspiration.I cannot believe until i read, his books create a magic and once you read his any book, you will find a newborn man inside you ,of the same age as yours but entirely different..............

I really appreciate his work and admire his convincing abilities, I wish if i could met him....But he is still with us, just the state of existance has been changed.....his books!!!

Pauline Welsh

He's been my hero for over twenty-five years now,when ever am down and feel lost anyone ofhis great books put me back on track. Great man he was then and still today.


he is the hero of new generation.


Dale carnegie really has some thing to "say", that is the reason his books have become the essential primers in the areas covered.These books may not have revolutionery new ideas, but there are no other better books to cover the basics

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