Recent Articles in Speaker's Bookshelf

December 21, 2018

Books for Speakers: A biography and a memoir


Public Speaking , Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books

Their public speaking has awed and inspired. Will their life stories give clues to what made their speeches so powerful? We're eager to read two of the hottest books in stores right now...

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December 4, 2018

Speaking in Public: The Art of Public Speaking


Public Speaking , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , The Buckley Experience , Speaking in Public

All year, we've featured excerpts from Reid Buckley's first book on public speaking. This month, we come to the last chapter ... and some final words to inspire you to create artful presentations.

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November 28, 2018

Books for Speakers: All the King's Men


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Resources , Just For Fun

As the main character changes, so does his public speaking style. What can we learn about persuasive speaking from a novel? Plenty if it's "All the King's Men."

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November 9, 2018

Speaking in Public: Writing to be Heard


30th Anniversary , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking , Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Speaking in Public

Short sentences make for better speeches, as a rule. Here's what our compound-sentence-loving founder has to say about writing to be heard...

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October 15, 2018

Speaking in Public: Finding & Using Your Natural Strengths


Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , 30th Anniversary , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , Resources , Speaking in Public

Understanding your presentation style and making the most of it - The Buckley School's founder on why that's the single most important thing a speaker can do...

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September 20, 2018

Books for Speakers: Bird by Bird


Public Speaking , Alumni , Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf

"Joy just oozes from this book," writes the Buckley alum who recommends it. You'll also find lots of help for using your stories and voice to bring more life (and humor) to speeches and presentations.

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September 10, 2018

Speaking in Public: Reading & Managing the Audience


30th Anniversary , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , The Buckley Experience , Instruction , Tips , Speaking in Public

To be unnerved or not to be unnerved? That is the question when facing a murderous room. Tips for how to read audiences and adjust your presentation like a pro...

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August 19, 2018

Speaking in Public: Posture & First Impressions


Resources , Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Speaking in Public

A too-casual style can send unintended messages, says our founder. His tips for starting well and standing tall in your next presentation...

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August 17, 2018

Books for Speakers: The Writer's Art


Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf , Faculty , The Buckley Experience

"Funny, instructive, and it promotes all the same things we promote...how important language is...not just for writers but for all of us." Buckley director Karen Kalutz makes this book recommendation...

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July 29, 2018

Speaking in Public: Lean, Clean Messages


Public Speaking Books , 30th Anniversary , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking , Speaker's Bookshelf , Speaking in Public

Public speaking benefits when ideas are expressed in lean, clean sentences. Here is Reid Buckley's recipe for unstuffing messages so they're easier to follow...

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July 2, 2018

Books for Speakers: Orators of the American Revolution


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Resources , Public Speaking

The public speaking techniques used by Patrick Henry & Co. are remarkably similar to the ones that can work for you today....

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June 28, 2018

Speaking in Public: How to Use a Lectern


Public Speaking Books , 30th Anniversary , Resources , Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Speaker's Bookshelf , Tips , Speaking in Public

A lectern can be a great home base for a speaker, when used well. Reid Buckley provides a professional speaker's tips and perspective from the podium...

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May 27, 2018

Speaking in Public: Making it Interesting


Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , 30th Anniversary , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , Speaking in Public

Spreadsheets? A boat load of data? A little imagination can turn seemingly boring stuff into lively presentations. Here's our founder's take on how to do that...

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May 9, 2018

Books for Speakers: Help! For Writers


Resources , Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf

Even if you ultimately speak from bullet points, writing presentations benefits speakers--because it forces you to work out the very problems this book helps you solve!

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April 20, 2018

Books for Speakers: Lend Me Your Ears


Public Speaking , Resources , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books

Some people read cookbooks for fun. Buckley coaches read anthologies of speeches. Here's one we think you'll enjoy....

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March 31, 2018

Books for Speakers: Woe Is I


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Tips , Resources

One of our favorite guides--smart, easy to follow, and full of fun (yes, really) without any of the harmful side effects that caused you to doze off in middle school...

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March 20, 2018

On Gestures: Five Principles for Public Speaking


Resources , Public Speaking , Instruction , The Buckley Experience , Speaker's Bookshelf , 30th Anniversary , Public Speaking Books , Speaking in Public

How best to use your hands when speaking? Our founder got his inspiration from a variety of sources. Those--plus his five tips for gestures, from his first book on public speaking...

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February 26, 2018

Rhetorical Device of the Month: Chiasmus


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , Rhetorical Devices , Public Speaking

How do you turn the ideas in your speeches into lines people will remember? One rhetorical device you can use is the literal turn of phrase called chiasmus....

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February 20, 2018

Speaking in Public: Using Humor and Wit


Public Speaking Books , Speaker's Bookshelf , The Buckley Experience , Public Speaking , Tips , 30th Anniversary , Speaking in Public

Our founder's first book on speaking was "Speaking in Public." As we mark our 30th anniversary, we're sharing excerpts, including Reid's take on adding humor and wit to your public speaking...

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February 2, 2018

Books for Speakers: On Speaking Well


Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking , Resources , Instruction , Public Speaking Books

Oprah's speech at The Golden Globes has our students asking "How did she do that?" Peggy Noonan's excellent book offers some insight...

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January 5, 2018

Speaking in Public: A Grab Bag of Tips


Public Speaking , The Buckley Experience , Speaker's Bookshelf , Public Speaking Books , 30th Anniversary , Instruction , Resources , Speaking in Public

Reid Buckley launched our school with the Executive Seminar and his first book on speaking. As we mark our 30th anniversary, we're publishing excerpts from "Speaking in Public" each month, starting with his infamous guide to color-coding....

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January 3, 2018

Books for Speakers: Presentation Zen


Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Resources , Public Speaking Books

PowerPoint. Love it? This book's for you. Hate it? This book is REALLY for you.

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December 2, 2017

Books for Speakers: Rhetoric & Persuasion


Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard

Some help to develop your rhetorical superpowers with lessons from Aristotle, Lincoln and Homer (Simpson)...

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November 2, 2017

Books for Speakers: Made to Stick


Speaker's Bookshelf , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Storytelling

Can we recommend a book on speaking? A frequent question--and yes, we can. Quite a few...

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February 17, 2017

Frederick Douglass and The Columbian Orator


Resources , Instruction , Seen|Read|Heard , Speaker's Bookshelf

It’s rare, but every once in a while we do work with someone who brings along a copy of The Columbian Orator. Frederick Douglass began developing his skills as a speaker by reading this popular 19th century textbook. He bought the book while he was still enslaved, a boy of 12 or 13. It was the first book he'd ever owned.

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