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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 170) – Nelson Mandela

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Nelson Mandela

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Reflections on Lance Armstrong’s Confession

Writers spilled a lot of ink over the past few days about Lance Armstrong in the wake of his confession to Oprah Winfrey. And more ink will doubtless continue to flow in the weeks, months and years to come. This … 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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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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 70)

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela

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Speeches from Film: Invictus

Just because a speech in a movie is scripted, it doesn’t mean that we cannot learn from it. In fact, when you think about, some of the most famous speeches in history were rigorously prepared and polished before they were … Continue reading

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