How to Talk: Meeting the Situations of Personal and Business Life and of Public Address

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Conversation with family and intimate friends is somewhat in danger of becoming a little too informal, too laconic. Sometimes we take our own folks too much for granted. At its best, however, this is the acme of conversation, carrying the fullest meaning with least effort.-from "Social Conversation"This classic of developing confidence and poise when talking to absolutely anyone is full of sound, solid advice that is just as useful today as it was when it was first published in 1928. Two experts in public speaking-and private conversation-cover the full range of interpersonal communication: .at work: how to talk to your boss and your subordinates.in civic situations: how to communicate effectively at club and committee meetings.at home: how to enjoy personal conversations more.in public: giving a lively speech.The authors promise no "magic formula," just graceful guidance for becoming a more thoughtful and resolute speaker.JOHN MANTLE CLAPP (b. 1870) also wrote Doing Business by Letter and Language for Men of Affairs.EDWIN A. KANE was an instructor in public speaking at the College of the City of New York.
 

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Contents

The Fatal Error of Talking to Yourself
10
How to Study the Subject
21
Part IIThe Responsibilities of Your Calling
35
Subordinate to Superior
53
Superior to Subordinate
70
Conferences
86
Service Communication
103
Trading Communication
123
The Reinforcement of Reading
311
Part VThe General Public
343
The Occasion
345
Getting Ready to Speak
354
The Speech Itself
368
Facing the Audience
393
The Information Address
416
The Plea for a Cause
440

Part IIISocial and Professional Relations
141
Committee Work
156
MeetingsParliamentary Practice
169
First Steps in Public SpeakingTaking
182
FirstAid Suggestions
195
SelfTrainingThought
204
SelfTrainingLanguage
224
SelfTrainingDelivery
242
Part IVPrivate Hours
253
Social Conversation
270
Chapter Page XX Telling a Story
291
Public Functions
462
In Lighter Vein
480
Part VIThe Elements of Speech
499
The Nature and Conditions of Language
501
Words
514
Grouping Words
544
Enunciation and Pronunciation
574
The Voice 506
596
Physical Expression
613
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