In this book, Simon Lancaster explores rhetorical devices and especially metaphors. His objective is to show how words have been used in public communications throughout history. I am curious to read the analysis of metaphors used to represent groups of people. This can be done in a positive or negative way, according to the objective of the speaker.
Fantasia, Bruno Munari
The artist and designer Bruno Munari explores creativity, imagination and the mechanisms they trigger in our mind. Even if this book is not specifically about public speaking, I am curious to see which lessons I can learn that can be applied to the writing process. I think some of the content can also be useful to develop practical exercises to include in workshops and seminars.
I Have a Dream, Ferdie Addis
This book was an impulse purchase I made some months ago, while I was waiting at the train station. I have no idea of what to expect. Still, it is always good to get another point of view about some of the most famous speeches in history. This book spans from Queen Elizabeth I to Martin Luther King.
The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches, edited by Brian MacArthur
As much as I enjoy listening and watching speeches, I like reading the scripts on paper. In writing, I find it easier to analyze structure, construction of paragraphs and sentences. So, how could I resist a full book of transcripts of the major speeches in Modern History? I am sure that for the most recent speeches I will also find videos, to get a complete experience.
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary, Funk and Lewis
What did I bring back from a trip to Alaska this summer? This book. I found a very old edition on the bookcrossing shelf, and I thought destiny was talking to me. I practice both writing and public speaking in English, which is not my mothertongue. So, I think I will benefit from some tips to enlarge and enhance my vocabulary.
Scrivi la tua voce, Tina Venturi
Tina Venturi is an actress, speaker and dubber. She also holds courses of interpreting reading. Vocal variety is one of my main points of improvement in public speaking, so recently I have taken some lessons. Tina gave us exercises and tips, from warm-up to development of vocal variety. I am sure I will get more great content in her book.
The Elements of Style: Classic Edition, Richard De A’Morelli
When I started writing My Speaking Lab, the hard truth about my English emerged. I may consider myself a good English speaker, but I definitely lack pratice and guidance about style, especially in writing. For the sake of my mental sanity, that is in danger every time I edit my posts and speeches, I want to read this essential writing handbook.
Speechwriting. The Expert Guide, Simon Lancaster
Do you see a pattern here? Simon Lancaster is one of my go-to sources for information and analysis about speechwriting, and I have mentioned him in a recent post. I have already read this book once, but in 2019 I want to go through it once more, to develop additional tools to use when I analyze and write speeches.
Rhetoric and Poetics, Aristotle
How many times have you heard someone say that “nothing in rhetoric is new, everything comes from the Ancient Greeks”? For me, enough to decide to go back to the origins and read it by myself. It will take time, as the book is massive. So, I will tackle it one page at a time, take notes and expand on the single topics.
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