outstanding guide to all aspects of debate is a practical and easy-to-read
source for students. Simple, direct vocabulary and a lighthearted approach
add to its user-friendly format.” (4Q/4P)
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Talk the Talk is essential, strongly recommended reading
for all aspiring practitioners of the art of debating."
-Midwest Book Review
"[Talk the Talk] explains concepts and strategies ...
and illustrates the skills necessary for students to excel."
-ForeWord This Week (ForeWord Magazine)
"It is a treat to see the logical underpinnings of a winning argument
or counterargument explained so cogently with the use of specific examples
and illustrations. Talk the Talk is an insightful and thorough
resource ... for the novice and advanced reader alike." (****/4,
-CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"... the book I always needed and never had. With creative examples
and clear explanations, it tells you what to say and how to say it.
Talk the Talk takes you from start to finish--and doesn't miss
a step along the way!"
-Rowan Dorin, 2003 World Debating and Public Speaking Champion
"Talk the Talk takes a thoughtful and thorough look at
the dynamics of debating and public speaking. Beginners and old hands
alike will benefit from reading this book, and coaches everywhere should
do well to use it as a reference for their training programs and materials."
-Erik Eastaugh, 2005 World University Debating Champion
"What better way to learn how to effectively engage an audience
than to read a book that effectively engages the reader. Talk the
Talk includes many tips that only come with experience and time--from
how to construct an argument, to general advice on how to be an effective
-Rahim Moloo, 2005 World Public Speaking Champion
"Alim Merali has authored an insightful resource that will surely
be referred to as the 'final word' for any aspiring debater, coach,
or veteran of the stump. Talk the Talk offers a wealth of information
for any student wishing to engage in the art of influencing others."
-Rick Pawluk, coach of World Debating and Public Speaking Champion
"Talk the Talk is a wonderful introduction to the world
of competitive debating. Its easy to follow tips, exercises, and explanations
lay out all the necessary groundwork for those looking to get started
or to refine their style and substance."
-Joanna Nairn, 2005 North American Debating Champion
"Talk the Talk is an exhaustive guide for any student
wishing to learn debate, and offers excellent tips for those who have
experience already. It teaches the fine art of communication in a fun
and easy to read manner."
-Greg Allen, Top Speaker, 2004 North American Debating Championships
"For many, the skills required for effective debating and public
speaking are incredibly elusive. Talk the Talk not only makes
the path from novice to champion more accessible, but, more importantly,
it will assist any student master the art of persuasion."
-Michael Kotrly, 2005 Canadian University Debating Champion
"The art of debate lies in the difficult task of expressing complex
ideas simply and powerfully. Alim Merali does just that in Talk
the Talk, masterfully outlining the foundations of persuasive speech
before examining the subtleties that define a great speech."
-Julia Lisztwan, 2003 Calgary Fall Open Debate Champion