Clearly Speak: Articulate with Confidence, Civility and Courage
- About the Author
Are you confident in speaking up in a meeting or delivering a speech? Are you engaging in a conversation? Do your words reflect your leadership? Can you deal effectively with a dispute or conflict?
Our spoken words, delivered with confidence, create connections. Expressed with civility, they build relationships. Articulated with courage, they help those without a voice. Towards this end, Clearly Speak offers principles and pointers on how to engage and inspire your listeners, while being sensitive to human emotions and cross-cultural norms. Highly readable and succinct, it is replete with stories, anecdotes and examples to facilitate learning.
A seasoned public official and an accomplished academic, author Lim Soo Ping has over four decades of broad-ranging experience, including leading organisations, speaking at conferences, negotiating agreements, and chairing press briefings. Enfold Clearly Speak as your personal companion in your journey to becoming a better speaker, hence a better self for a better world.
“Clearly Speak deserves space on every bookshelf. Lively, subtly humorous, practical and generous with anecdotes, I commend it to everyone, even seasoned public speakers.”
—Abdullah Tarmugi, Former Minister and Speaker of Parliament, Singapore
“In my own practice of public speaking, I follow four simples rules. I am glad that all these rules are represented in Clearly Speak.”
—Professor Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
“A most readable, useful and practical guide for effective public speaking. Soo Ping clearly illustrates the use of his logical left brain and creative right brain in this valuable full-brain book.”
—Dr Tan Chin Nam, Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Information and the Arts
“A brilliant piece of work. I appreciate most the ethical aspects on how we can use our gift of speech to speak up with moral courage, and root for those who have no voice.”
—Dr Lim Lai Cheng, Education Advisor, Founding Executive Director, Smu Academy
“The essential guide to cross-cultural communication, Clearly Speak teaches you how to bridge Western business speak with Asian norms. A must-read, whether you are a global citizen or a business professional.”
—Jennifer Yin, Former Head Secretariat, Speak Good English Movement
Lim Soo Ping is a former Auditor-General of Singapore. He served 37 years in public service, including 13 years in the Government Administrative Service. Following his retirement in 2013, he was appointed Professor of Accounting (Practice) by the Singapore Management University (SMU). Soo Ping has also served on the boards of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Nanyang Polytechnic, The School of the Arts, The Esplanade Company, and St Joseph’s Institution International School. He was the first chairman of Equal-Ark Singapore, a charity for youths with special learning needs. He is currently teaching auditing and executive writing at SMU. He is also a regular speaker on leadership, corporate governance, and ethical decision making. Soo Ping is the author of Clearly Write: Win Over Your Readers with Clarity and Concision, a Sunday Times bestseller, and Courage and Conviction: Ethical Dilemmas, Decision-making, and Resolutions.
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Year Published: 2023
Size: 210mm x 140mm