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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (118 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James C. Humes Narrator: Norman Diet Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Ever wish you could captivate your boardroom with the opening line of your presentation, like Winston Churchill in his most memorable speeches? Or want to command attention by looming larger than life before your audience, much like Abraham Lincoln when, standing erect and wearing a top hat, he towered over seven feet? Now you can master presentation skills, wow your audience, and shoot up the corporate ladder by unlocking the secrets of history’s greatest speakers.

Author, historian, and world-renowned speaker James C. Humes—who wrote speeches for five American presidents—shows you how great leaders through the ages used simple yet incredibly effective tricks to speak, persuade, and win throngs of fans and followers. In this book, you’ll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more.

Whether you’re addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you’ll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Norman Dietz does an excellent job of conveying Humes’s passion and wisdom. You almost feel the author grabbing your lapel.”


  • “As a student of speech, I very much enjoyed this intriguing historic approach to public speaking. Humes creates a valuable and practical guide.”

    Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO, FOX News

  • “I love this book. I’ve followed Humes’s lessons for years, and he combines them all into one compact, hard-hitting resource. Get this book on your desk now.”

    Chris Matthews

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sean | 12/20/2013

    " A good primer of how to convert written thought into verbal knowledge. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Floyd Bowen | 11/24/2013

    " This is simply a great book - nuff said. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Abby | 10/14/2013

    " The author had a serious crush on Winston Churchill "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Noel McCormick | 10/7/2013

    " Great book! Fun read, full of interesting anecdotes illustrating key speaking tips and tricks. "

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About the Author

James C. Humes is a former White House speechwriter for five presidents and a Pulitzer Prize–nominated author of more than thirty books, including Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln; The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan; and Churchill: Speaker of the Century. He has also served as a Pennsylvania state legislator, worked as a lawyer, and was the director of policy and plans at the Department of State. He is currently a historian at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.