The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking (Dale Carnegie): Book Review
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking: Modern Techniques for Dynamic Communication is 224 pages of practical, plain, and pure public speaking advice.
Author Dale Carnegie packs an incredible breadth of public speaking advice into a short, easy-to-read format.
Over 7 million people have completed Dale Carnegie training, following the basic wisdom contained in this book.
About Dale Carnegie
In 1912, Dale Carnegie was living at the YMCA in New York City when he approached the manager to allow him to teach a course in public speaking. He ran out of material in the very first session, and resorted to improvisational techniques that he had learned as an actor. To his surprise, he discovered that these techniques helped his students conquer their public speaking fears.
From humble beginnings, that YMCA course led to a 40-year career teaching public speaking. The Dale Carnegie course which has been completed by over seven million people in 75 countries. Known as the father of the self-help movement, Carnegie is a best selling author of many books, including How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Comparison to Speak Like Churchill
Sometimes, the best way to describe something is to compare it to another similar thing.
Breadth and Depth of Coverage
Not surprisingly, depth and breadth are inversely related. (Both books have approximately the same length.)
- Quick and Easy touches on the entire breadth of public speaking, including topics such as confidence, overcoming fear, impromptu speaking, and giving an introduction. Coverage for some topics is quite brief — perhaps only a few paragraphs.
- Speak Like Churchill aims more squarely at delivery and speech writing techniques. Each technique is explored in depth.
Both books have broad appeal, but…
- Quick and Easy aims at a novice speaker.
- Speak Like Churchill aims at an intermediate speaker looking to take their skills to the next level through powerful writing and delivery.
Subject of Anecdotes
- Quick and Easy illustrates principles by citing examples from average citizens.
- Speak Like Churchill primarily relies on anecdotes from famous politicians.
Type of Speaking Situations
- Quick and Easy discusses many distinct speaking situations — informative speeches, persuasive speeches, impromptu speaking, introducing speakers, presenting and accepting awards, and both short and long talks.
- Speak Like Churchill describes techniques which can be applied in all situations, but these situations are not directly addressed.
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking is an excellent public speaking primer. The coverage on overcoming nervousness alone is worth the price of this book for novice speakers. All speakers can gain from the systematic treatment of speaking fundamentals.
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