Twenty years of research and experience in the National Reference Library have equipped the author to present this handbook. Do not look on this as a ""how-to"" book for public speaking, but rather a reference tool for the amateur who is panicked by having to make any kind of speech. To be sure, there are plenty of useful bits of advice and information, carefully indexed and cross indexed so that the needed data is instantly on tap. An introductory section charts the course:- what the material is, how it is classified, divided, subdivided, indexed -- so that no matter what the occasion, the role of the speaker, the type of audience, some bit of random information, some story, biographical facts, etc. will be readily located. There are even some speeches, basic to the average amateur speaker's needs. A useful tool for library reference.