Joan Detz is a nationally recognized speaker and speech writer. She has won numerous awards in her field and is noted for “Excellence in Speechwriting” by the International Association of Business Communicators. Her work with many professional businesses has honed her communication skills since 1984, when she began her own speaker services business. The business includes speaking engagements, coaching for executive speakers, speech writing and other aspects of speaking at the professional level. She has also used her vast experience to create four books to educate speakers at all levels. The National Council of Teachers of English awarded her The Notable Children’s Trade Book Award. This indicates that she is, indeed, “tuned” into her audience (she stresses this as an important part of speaking) and can tailor her enthusiastic program to all ages.

Selected Reviews of Joan’s Books

How to Write and Give a Speech
Joan Detz
   This is a revised and updated edition of a work that was first published in 1984 and has since become something of a classic. It is mostly a how-to book, one that looks at speechwriting and speechgiving from inception to conclusion. The tone throughout is very commonsensical, obviously derived from years of practical experience. Only someone with this depth of experience could have written a book of such clarity. In this respect it reminds one of Strunk and White’s classic Elements of Style. The book opens with chapters on how to determine what you want to say (even if you have nothing to say!), how to assess your audience, how to research a speech, and how to write it. There are other chapters on style, humor, special occasion speeches, delivery, media coverage, international speeches, speakers bureaus, and useful reference works. A favorite chapter of this reviewer is one entitled “How to Make it Simple.” In the chapter on style, there is the intriguing suggestion that a tripartite division works best. Why? “For some mysterious reason, the human mind is strongly attracted to things that come in ‘threes.'” There are other items that arouse one’s curiosity, over and above the utter rationalization of something that is, for most of us, an occasion for anxiety, even foreboding. KLIATT Codes: SA–Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1992 (orig. 1984), St. Martin’s, $8.95. Ages 15 to adult. Reviewer: John Rosser (KLIATT Review, March 1993 (Vol. 27, No. 2).

Can You Say a Few Words?
Joan Detz
   -Your alma mater asks you to say a few words at an upcoming fundraising dinner
   -You’ve won an employee award and will have to give a short acceptance speech at the ceremony
   -Your parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary, and you’d like to make a toast at their party

Everyone’s counting on you to sound polished, to be prepared, to speak with savvy-in short, to give a speech that’s as memorable as the occasion itself.

Don’t dread these invitations to speak. Instead, learn to prepare clear, concise, and engaging speeches that will live up to your audience’s expectations and match the mood of the occasion.

Award-winning corporate speechwriter Joan Detz offers solid advice for tackling this nerve-racking task-with pointers, tips, and trade secrets that will help you make the most of every speaking opportunity.

Clearly written and fun to read, this invaluable guide provides all the practical advice and encouragement you need to deliver a winning speech.
From the Publisher

It’s Not What You Say It’s How You Say It
Joan Detz
   What you say does matter…it just doesn’t tell the whole story. Why do some speakers succeed while many bore their audiences and lose their listeners? In this useful and lively book there are strategies and tips for speeches, sales presentations, brief remarks, job interviews, Q&A sessions, panels and much more –every situation that requires something to say. In addition to real-life examples, practical tips and podium-tested advice you’ll find guidance on how to:
   -Use storytelling techniques
   -Prepare the room
   -Measure your effectiveness
   -Make the most of your voice
   -Master humor
   -Use body language to your advantage

Filled with checklists, tip sheets, self-evaluations and practical advice on every page, this thorough and invaluable guide will help you gain confidence from knowing you can get your message across.

From the Publisher

Program Details

  • “Communication: How to Speak with Confidence” – Suitable for all ages. Teacher/Educator groups included.
  • Number of presentations per day: 2
  • Groups: Flexible. She has worked with groups from 5 to 1500.
  • Fees: $500.00 to $4,000.00 depending on location and requirements

Additional Information

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