Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln

  • by James C. Humes
  • Narrated by Norman Dietz
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ever wish you could captivate your boardroom with the opening line of your presentation, like Winston Churchill in his most memorable speeches? Or want to command attention by looming larger than life before your audience, much like Abraham Lincoln when, standing erect and wearing a top hat, he towered over seven feet? Now, you can master presentation skills, wow your audience, and shoot up the corporate ladder by unlocking the secrets of history's greatest speakers.
Author, historian, and world-renowned speaker James C. Humes - who wrote speeches for five American presidents - explains how great leaders through the ages used simple yet incredibly effective tricks to speak, persuade, and win throngs of fans and followers.
In this book, you'll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more. Whether you're addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you'll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln.


What the Critics Say

"I love this book. I've followed Humes's lessons for years, and he combines them all into one compact, hard-hitting resource. Get this book on your desk now." (Chris Matthews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I've heard about a dozen books on speaking and this work contains the best advice I've ever heard. Mr. Humes draws on his decades of experience of writing speeches for Presidents to cut through the little mechanical details where most books get bogged down and hit the essence of audience reaction.

21 points are probably more than can be memorized. Don't worry about that; you won't use all those points. You'll likely use more than 10 of Humes' secrets depending on the type of speaking required in your engagements. But any 5 points will more than justify the time it takes to wade through the other ones.

Whether you speak to a small team or an arena, don't skip this book.
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- J. Jason "J. Jason Gale"

Helpful, moderately interesting, but dated

There is lots of good information here, especially for people who want to be better speakers and don't know where to start.

I have two issues with this otherwise excellent audiobook. First, it sounds dated and the language is dated. Second, and related to the first was how it recommends using archaic, big words to impress the listener and make a statement.

I disagree. What good is using big archaic words if no one understands what it means?

Nitpicking aside, most of what is here is good advice.
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- Jason Comely "ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio