Public Speaking

The Path to Success (Second Edition)
By Steven D. Cohen
©2020, 220 pages

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    Public Speaking: The Path to Success guides students through the process of preparing and delivering a successful speech. With new material on informative and persuasive speeches, this edition explores a unique set of insights that students can use right away to become more effective speakers. It offers step-by-step advice and updated examples to help students through every stage of the process — from analyzing their audience to presenting their ideas.

    This book is packed with practical techniques that will transform novice speakers into confident communicators. Unlike traditional public speaking books, this text speaks directly to students in an engaging, personal way. It motivates students to push their fears aside and speak with passion about a cause that matters to them.

    Public Speaking: The Path to Success is an ideal text for courses on public speaking or rhetoric. It is a must-read for students who want to speak powerfully from the podium and develop the confidence to lead.

    Steven D. Cohen is a leading expert on public speaking and effective presentation skills. A professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, he is well known for helping leaders and professionals speak with authority, confidence, and influence. Dr. Cohen has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, HuffPost, and New York Magazine. He also was featured in the BBC Radio documentary “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” Dr. Cohen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

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    This book is a terrific guide for every speaker who wants to learn how to lead through speech. A master speaker himself, Steven Cohen offers valuable strategies for preparing and presenting speeches that connect with listeners. This is a 'must-have' book for speakers who are serious about their professional presence.
    Andrew D. Wolvin, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland

    Steven captures his own inspirational presentation style by speaking directly to his readers. He makes them want to become better public speakers, and he gives them the tools to do it.
    Marie Danziger, Director, Communications Program, Harvard Kennedy School