In teaching public speaking, I’ve come to learn that one often doesn’t need to buy the latest (and often most expensive) books in the field. Since the 2,500 years or so since the study of rhetoric began in the high days of Greek society, one will find that a lot of the basics have been well-covered long before modern book publishing. The most expensive text often doesn’t cover much ground that hasn’t been covered by far less expensive texts, which is one of the reasons I stand by my preferred text: “A Speaker’s Guidebook” by Dan O’Hair, Rob Stewart and Hannah Rubenstein.
It’s even comb-bound, which makes it easy flip through and look up whatever you’re looking for, like a reference manual. In my humble opinion, a book like this should be a kind of reference manual that you’ll keep around and continue to refer to for years to come.
You can usually find various editions of this book, which seldom change much from one edition to the next, for under ten bucks.
Tomorrow, tune in for two more books that I’ll recommend which can help you develop your own style of speaking, focusing on good speech elements and tactics.