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September 12, 1942

Hear! Hear! An Informal Guide to Public Speaking After Dinner; on the Lecture Platform; over the Radio

JAMA. 1942;120(2):164. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830370076035

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This book is just what its title says it is, a compendium of hints for speakers. Most men who have achieved success in various branches of trade or professional activity take it for granted that they are fully qualified to arise and address audiences on a variety of subjects without having given either the study or the practice to this art that they would give to any new modification in their own field. Nevertheless public speaking is both a profession and an art. Those who are trained in the field are invariably superior in the quality of their work, just as those trained in removing tonsils are superior to those who attempt that simple procedure without training. The chapter entitled "How to Win an Argument" not only offers some practical hints but also some excellent anecdotes of modern debates. A special section is devoted to talking on the radio.

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