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How To Write & Give A Speech

A practical guide for anyone who has to make every word count

(St. Martin’s Press, 4th edition, 2014)

“Recommended” by Forbes, and U. S. News & World Report

How To Write & Give A Speech by Joan DetzSpanish translation 2015 by Alba Editorial:
Cómo Escribir y Pronunciar un Discurso, de Joan Detz

Available through Amazon Spain

A how-to classic – The Washington Post

There should be a law against boring and poorly delivered speeches. When there is, Joan Detz will be required reading. – Brian S. Akre, director of executive communications, Renault-Nissan BV

If you want to boost your career, do two things: buy Joan Detz’s book; then start giving great speeches. – Jane Maas, advertising executive, author Mad Women

Global executives need to give presentations. This book tells how to make those presentations effective. – Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, vice chairman, Telia-Sonera AB and SRV Group; former CEO, Nokia Corp

It’s a rare distinction for any book to remain in print continuously for three decades. This 30th anniversary edition, updated for the digital age, attests to Joan Detz’s international reputation as a corporate communicator par excellence. – Marian Calabro, President,, and author of The Clorox Company – 100 Years, 1000 Reasons

… full of terrific tips for researching, organizing and delivering a speech. – John Verrico, President, National Association of Government Communicators

… a timeless reference manual. – Carri Chandler, External Affairs, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.

Joan Detz, with her vast experience and expertise, is certain to provide any communicator with great practical guidance and, more importantly, an added sense of purpose in what they do for living. – Vuk Vujnovic, Secretary General at SEECOM (South East Europe Public Sector Communication Association)

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