Talk is Not Cheap

Just you shut your mouth.Title: “The Art of Public Speaking”

Author: Stephen Lucas

Rank: 60

Price: $128.86

No, that’s not a typo: $128.86. For a paperback.

Blurb: “Utilizing the full suite of resources, students learn to internalize the principles of public speaking, build confidence through speech practice, and prepare for success in the classroom and beyond.”

About the Author: “Over the years he has been responsible for numerous teaching innovations and has supervised the training of hundreds of graduate assistants.”

Review: “This book is just awful. Be prepared to be told basic human decency standards over and over; every chapter. Every single chapter talks about not being racist when speaking to people. Here is the thing, folks, if you are college age and you have to have a book teach you this; then there is probably some real big issues in your life. I would start looking at your family, and weeding out the bad ones.”

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Footnote: Always open with a joke about how much your Speech course cost.

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I knew the price of speech went up. I just didn’t realize how much!

” … success in the classroom and beyond.”

I’d say if you can get a lot of people to spend $128.86 for a book full of platitudes and easily-available public speaking tips, you’ve succeeded admirably.

Oh dear God Almighty. I can show you how to do this in ten minutes. You’ll practice for a half hour and everyone will think you’re a genius. It’s all about getting your eyes off the page. And don’t refer to your uncle Norman as a fag. Unless you’re in Mississippi.

I could do it in 30. Stand up straight, pitch your voice from your belly button, look the audience in the eyeballs, tell a joke, then just talk to them. No reading. If you read, I will come and take your paper away.

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