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CONVERSATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING

 


The ideal style of public speaking is, with very little modification,
the ideal of good conversation. The practical age in which we live
demands a colloquial rather than an oratorical style of public speaking.
A man who has something to say in conversation usually has little
difficulty in saying it. If he presents the facts he will speak
convincingly; if he is deeply in earnest he will speak persuasively; and
if he be an educated man his speech will have the unmistakable marks of
culture and refinement.
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THE DRAMATIC ELEMENT IN SPEAKING


There is a well-defined prejudice against the importation of anything
"theatrical" into the pulpit. The art of the actor is fundamentally
different from the work of the preacher. At best the actor but
represents, imitates, pretends, acts. The actor seems; the preacher is.

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PRACTICAL HINTS FOR SPEAKERS


Cultivate as the most desirable thoughts those which are definite,
clear, deep, logical, profound, strong, precise, impressive, original,
significant, explicit, luminous, positive, suggestive, comprehensive,
and practical. Resolutely avoid all thoughts which are uncertain,
recondite, obscure, immature, unimportant, shallow, weak, visionary,
absurd, vague, extravagant, indefinite, or impractical.

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HOW TO SPEAK IN PUBLIC


There are two essential qualifications for making an effective public
speech.

First, having something worth-while to say.

Second, knowing how to say it.

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MEN AND MANNERISMS


There is a story of a politician who had acquired a mannerism of
fingering a button on his coat while talking to an audience. On one
occasion some friends surreptitiously cut the particular button off, and
the result was that the speaker when he stood up to address the audience
lost the thread of his discourse.

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From "Speech in Behalf of Stockdale."
From, "Ideals in American Politics."
From "Self-government in Louisiana."
From "Inaugural Address."
From "On the Cultivation of the Imagination."....

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