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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 302) – Martin Luther King Jr.

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.” … Continue reading

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50th Anniversary of the Death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, 4 April 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr. He was assassinated on 4 April 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old. On 3 April 1968, the day before his assassination, … Continue reading

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Celebrating Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream”

On 28 August 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered one of the most famous speeches in history, I Have a Dream. I write this post on the 53rd anniversary of that … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Antithesis

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Antithesis Origin: From the Greek ἀντί (anti) meaning “against” and θέσις (thesis) meaning “position”. In plain English: Contrasting two different … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Metaphor

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Metaphor Origin: From the Greek μεταφορά (metaphora), meaning “transfer”. In plain English: Comparing two things (that are often not … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Diacope

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Diacope Origin: From the Greek διακοπή (thiakhopi), meaning “cut in two”. In plain English: Repetition of a word … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Erotema

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Erotema Origin: From the Greek ερωτημα (erotema), meaning “question”. In plain English: A question that is asked … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Hypophora

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Hypophora Origin: From the Greek ὑπόϕορά (hypofora), meaning “carrying under” or “putting under”. In plain English: Asking a … Continue reading

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Perfect Public Speaking is an Asymptote

Recently, I wrote a post entitled Basic Speech Geometry. Today we return to the mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces. An asymptote is a straight line that a curve approaches but never touches. It comes from the … Continue reading

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A Public Speaking Alphabet

A – Audience. Fitting that it comes first. The most important part of any speech. A speech is for the audience and about the audience. Always. B – Books. There are so many resources available these days for public speakers. … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 43)

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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