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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 232) – Abraham Lincoln

“When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking [about] what they want to hear, and one third thinking about what I want to say.” — Abraham Lincoln

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Rhetorical Devices: Sententia

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Sententia Origin: From the Latin, meaning “feeling” or “thought” or “opinion”. In plain English: The use of … Continue reading

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Public Speaking is a Risk

Did you ever have a really bad public speaking experience? For example, Did you ever forget what you wanted to say? Did you ever get lost, or stuck in traffic en route, and arrive too late? Did you ever have trouble … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Asyndeton

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Asyndeton Origin: From the Greek ἀσύνδετον (asindeton), meaning “unconnected”. In plain English: The omission of conjunctions such as … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Epistrophe

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Epistrophe (also known as Epiphora) Origin: From the Greek ἐπιστροφή (epistrofi), meaning “turning about” or “upon turning”. In … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 71) – Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln on the importance of telling stories when speaking in public. Continue reading

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The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

On 19 November, we commemorate the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. In one of the first posts on this blog, I compared Lincoln’s two-minute address with the two-hour oration by Edward Everett on the same occasion. Today, people … Continue reading

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Kiss me, you fool

No, not like this (my lovely wife and daughters would not be amused): And no, not like this either (although they did have some great songs that bring back memories every time I hear them): What I mean is the “Kiss Principle”: … Continue reading

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