Personal anecdotes stand out among the entries for their vibrancy, as do the chapters' involving discussions of philosophical topics... The personal speeches collected in Reflections intertwine analyses of religion, humanity, and a life well lived." —Foreword Clarion Reviews
Reflections – Speeches from the Heart by Rob Peck is a collection of skillfully crafted speeches written and presented by the author over the past 25 years.
The 41 speeches are divided into chapters that can be read quickly, but I recommend devouring the more thought-provoking ones slowly. Savour the morsels of insight and the emotions attached to Rob’s perception of the world.
As a member of Toastmasters International for over 40 years, he has been creating and presenting speeches for most of his adult life, and his experience is evident in this selection of engaging and emotionally moving speeches. This collection includes talks to his Toastmasters club, spiritual reflections presented at church and profoundly personal eulogies.
Through his speeches, we learn that the author is a very intelligent, introspective and deeply spiritual man. He tackles issues such as “What is God? What are we here for? Who cares? Is this all there is?” The reader joins Rob on his journey of self-discovery as he learns the importance of self-respect, trying to speak the truth, forgiveness and gratitude.
He includes two talks about speechwriting, but this book doesn’t focus on teaching readers how to write an engaging speech. Instead, it gives 41 examples of expertly written addresses.
Rob has great admiration for American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. His favourite quote from her is: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I will not soon forget how this book made me feel. Rob Peck’s ideas about the human condition left me feeling warm, hopeful and grateful. The book is a representation of a life well lived." —Julie Kish, CCRA Centennial News, March 2022 Volume 7, No. 3
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