Bertrand Perisher is a lawyer in the Council of State and the Court of Cassation. He teaches oratory at Sciences Po and HEC and prepares the students of the Université Paris 8 in the Eloquentia eloquence competition which designates the best orator of the Seine-Saint-Denis (it is this competition which was the subject of the documentary film Aloud: The Strength of The word aired in the cinema). His book The word is a combat sport reads with delight! He will delight the experienced speakers as well as the beginners in search of inspiration.
It is a very pleasant book to read, intelligible, clear and concise, riddled with anecdotes and personal experiences. This book is not a textbook, but it does offer a very concrete "practical" part: At the end of each chapter there is an exercise as well as a small summary of the essential points to remember. It allows to acquire or revise some notions of basics, but it allows above all to immerse oneself in a milieu of individuals for whom the word is a passion and a profession. It does not offer a miracle recipe but contributes to the art of expressing well and having a precise thought. In fact, the biggest flaw in this book is that it reads too fast!
The author claims to have avoided speaking for a long time because he was wary of orality. As he says, "We are wary of the beautiful speakers, of the big mouths, of those who chat wrongly and through, often to say nothing…" But he understood by experience, especially in the oral tests he spent during his studies, then in the courts and finally thereafter by teaching the oratory, how much the word, if used wisely, is a weapon Exceptional, a formidable force that should never be underestimated.
In the end, the author now entrusts to have "a story of love upset with the word": it is because he has the impression of having lost years to tame him that he puts today a point of honor to convey the art of speaking well to young people so that they Free themselves from social determinisms. The words to debate, rather than to fight. Even if the title seems to be in contradiction with this strong principle.
Good talk involves training, exercises of diction and articulation, techniques to be comfortable in public, but also to structure a speech, to deliver it with ease, to convince in all circumstances. You can draw on this book good advice to feed and free your word. Everyone can become a speaker, for a few to give themselves the trouble! Order the book today: The word is a combat sport!