• The 7 Principles of Public Speaking

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  • By: Richard Zeoli
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (575 ratings)

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By: Richard Zeoli
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Whether you are looking to position yourself as an industry expert, extend your sphere of influence, or gain the support and backing of vital constituencies, The 7 Principles of Public Speaking will give you the tools you need to achieve your goal.

©2008 Richard Zeoli (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Don't waste your money and time

What disappointed you about The 7 Principles of Public Speaking?

For many people, the biggest hurdle about public speaking is fear. Overcoming this fear will not make you a good speaker, it merely makes you a slightly tolerable one. This book, sadly, does not go further than trying to negotiate this fear. And in this, the proposed methods are quite childish and probably will not have much real effect. And even though the book boasts about also making great speakers greater, it actually does not even attempt it.

Approx 50% of the book is straightforward bragging - it goes over and over again how great of a presenter the author is and how great is the book.

Thus, for absolute beginners, this book is a very time consuming way of learning ~3 truths - be yourself, prepare, tell stories. That's it. For advanced speakers there's nothing in it.

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Nothing new to public speaking same old rules

Would you try another book from Richard Zeoli and/or Peter Johnson?

The author repeats himself 100s of times it seems in this book. It was annoying to listen to at times because of it. I would not suggest it to anyone else.

Would you ever listen to anything by Richard Zeoli again?

No I have not and don't think i could handle anymore of his text in the future.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Johnson?

Maybe the narrator was pleasant and enjoyable, however the text was poorly written.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It offer some advice to those new to public speaking, however all of his stories were kind of bland and it sounded like he was trying to impress you with all the secret big people. He never disclose the names because these people were simply too big.

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Irony at its finest

I struggled to get through this book. There may have been valuable information but it was delivered in such a dull dry way that I found it hard to stay focused. Ironic since the author talked about captivating and engaging your audience. It's almost like the book was presented in a "what not to do in public speaking " way.

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Solid instruction

As someone who has a real problem with public speaking, I found myself thrust into that arena more and more. I decided for the advancement of my business, I’d better just learn to get better at it, even though I know I’ll never be great at it. This book - and I’ve listened to several - helped with my confidence more than any other. Concise and not intimidating.

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very good

it had a lot of good information about the most important things very good

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Speak Out of Authenticity

This book approached, speaking, not from the standpoint of tools and techniques button, more from how to effectively speak from who you are. Valuable lessons.

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Great Info, Challenging Listen

great book with great info. monotone narrator makes it a challenging listen, but content keeps you interested

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very insightful

loved all recommendations great for anyone trying yo be a better orator or leader in business and life

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mostly good but outdated and inaccurate practices

overall it was good but there were some practices that were rather outdated and unscientific though in general the frames were really good and it gave me some good ideas

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Practical steps to improving your speaking

I was very impressed by the simplicity and succinct nature of this book. The speaker did an amazing job in exemplifying what public speaking should be.

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  • Mei
  • 10-09-22

Direct and to detail.

5h long, I listened to it on one Sun evening in full. Straight forward and direct.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-19-22

very interesting.

I started this book with low expectations of it being worth while as I dont really do public speaking of any kind, however its a free book so why not try it. It turned out to be extremely interesting and informative not only to do public speaking and understanding the dynamics of speaking to an audience but to improve your speech and clarity of speaking to friends, family and work colleagues. I for one loved this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-22

a bit reperative towards the end

Valuable well explained advice. The stories which put it in practice felt a bit made up but do prophet the points.

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  • OHeff
  • 06-08-22

Long talk little to gain

This book could have been written over 4-5 pages. Instead it has a useless and lengthy introduction to public speaking, stating the obvious, reciting how public speaking is defined in the dictionary. Really? Cut to the chase, give busy people a pragmatic way to master public speaking. Listening to hours of talking on the subject it’s not very practical and gives little to take away. The narrator’s voice is also rather dispassion about the topic and sounds rather mono-ton, rather risky if you drive as it might put you fast asleep! Half into the book and i haven’t heard of the first principle… one must have the patience to get to the 7th! I don’t recommend it, it takes to long to make the point and reveal the principles. There are much more useful books on public speaking out there.

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  • SteveN
  • 01-27-22

Not Speachless Anymore

Richard offers 7 easily digestible principles along with some exercises to enable you to speak freely and confidentally about the things that matter most to you and your audience.

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  • ZK
  • 01-14-22

One of the best books here!

Can highly recommend everyone to buy this book. A lot of good insights into how to become a better public speaker. A book I'll definitely listen to again. 👌🏻

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  • Kerry Thorpe
  • 11-27-22

good unitl chapter 7 & 8

lost me from chapter 7. waffle and failed to capture.
easy to listen to although a bit monotone

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  • Richard Brookman
  • 12-15-21

The Great Communicator

What make a Scholar a fool and make a Fool a Scholar? it's his Tongue