- Andrew Monaghan
Some of the basic suggestions on public speaking will be second nature to anybody who has ever been taught by the Army how to stand up in front of a group of people and tell them what they are going to do. But over and above that, there is a lot more depth and breadth of advice on dealing with diverse audiences and circumstances. Even if like me you give talks of various kinds every week, there are still some things in here that I wish I had known or thought of years ago.
The second main section of the book takes the same approach to writing for public consumption – it's all about making it crisp, stylish, readable and persuasive for different types of readership. To anybody for whom this doesn't come naturally, there is a lot here drawing on both classic masters of style and modern approaches to help you improve your written presentation.
This is a slim book and a quick read, but I find myself going back to specific points that are useful when trying to polish or edit the stuff that I write. Overall, I think it is a handy book to have for anybody who thinks they could speak or write better. It’s short but dense, and a lot better value for money than some of the waffly self-improvement titles I've seen in the same area.
At the time of writing (October 2017) Amazon say they don't have it in stock themselves, only through third-party sellers - so if you want it at a discount and postage free there may be a bit of a wait while they get it in. But if enough people put in an order, they should fix that.
Recommended. Five mushroom heads.