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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 263) – Winston Churchill

“Of all the talents bestowed upon men, none is so precious as the gift of oratory. He who enjoys it wields a power more durable than that of a great king. He is an independent force in the world.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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Rhetorical Devices: Anastrophe

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Anastrophe Origin: From the Greek ἀναστροφή (anastrophē), meaning “a turning back or about”. In plain English: Changing the … Continue reading

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The Potent Simplicity of Donald Trump

As election year 2016 rolls along in the United States, we can no longer ignore the very real possibility that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee for President. I did not think that American politics could get much more bizarre, … Continue reading

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 183) – Winston Churchill

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Sir Winston Churchill

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Reading a Speech

If you can deliver a speech without reading it, that is the best scenario. However, if you must read your speech or use notes, here are some tips to help you out. 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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 112) – Winston Churchill

“He is one of those orators of whom it is well said, ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Paraprosdokian

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Paraprosdokian Origin: From the Greek παρά (para), meaning “beyond” and προσδοκία (prosthokhia), meaning “expectation”; thus, “beyond expectation”. In … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Antimetabole

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Antimetabole Origin: From the Greek meaning “to turn about in the opposite direction”. In plain English: Repetition … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Devices: Anaphora

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. For other posts in the series, please click this link. Device: Anaphora Origin: From the Greek ἀναφορά (anafora), meaning “to bring back” or “to carry back”. In plain … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Speech by Mark Bezos

Analysis of a great TED Talk by Mark Bezos. 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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