A Modest Book about How to Make an Adequate Speech

by John-Paul Flintoff

  • Published: 18 Feb 2021
  • Price: 9.99
  • Format: B Format Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781780724560
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Most of us dread public speaking. But at some point we find ourselves forced to make a speech. And we worry: Will my jokes fall flat? What if I freeze? Is it okay to read notes? What if people walk out?

This book won’t magically transform you into a fast-talking corporate hotshot. But it will show you how to think about public speaking in a new way, and with a spot of luck, you will achieve adequacy. Or better!

Drawing on ancient principles of rhetoric and his own entertaining successes and failures on the speech-giving circuit, John-Paul Flintoff provides simple but effective techniques to help you to speak with confidence to any crowd, whether it’s a work presentation or a best friend’s wedding.

Humble but motivating, this is a guide to finding your voice, even if it’s a bit croaky at first, and a reassuring affirmation that we all have something to say.

““Where I come from, where modesty is a sin, Flintoff ’s book would be called ‘The Indispensable Guide to Giving an Unforgettable Speech’.” ”
Jay Heinrichs, New York Times bestselling author


About John-Paul Flintoff

John-Paul Flintoff is a journalist, artist and performer who has delivered talks across four continents to audiences of as many as 5,000 people. He has worked as a writer and editor at the Financial Times and The Sunday Times, trained in improvisational theatre and has published five books, including How to Change the World. He lives in London.