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April 02, 2009
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This week, we'll be talking about...
Keeping it simpleTable of Contents
1. Your contributions, buying speeches.
2. "Quotes To Speak By"
3. Simply Given.
1. Your Contributions
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E. F. Schumacher, prominent English economist and author, neatly sums up today's topic.
“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.”
Keeping things simple in no way means to 'dumb it down.' I believe the general public is much more intelligent than often given credit.
3. Keeping it simple.
So how do we keep speeches simple, but not 'simple'? What is your topic? If you cannot sum up the topic with a few short words, you need to rework the speech. Remember writing a thesis in high school? I remember my English teacher, Miss. Barnett (or Melba Rae for those fortunate to be in her advanced class), insisted on a short, concise thesis as the first line of any paper. State your main idea immediately and forcefully, then move on to build the speech. Picture each succeeding paragraph as a stairway leading up to the thesis. Find the best words to support your thesis. Do not fall into the trap thinking that the bigger the word, the more intelligent you will sound. The reverse is true. No one gains from a speech in which a majority of the audience only understands every other word.
Rather, lead your audience with a carefully constructed speech that everyone can understand and relate to. Use personal experiences (see above!) to draw your audience in, to make yourself, and your topic, easy to relate to. Tap into your audience's emotions. This is where, once again, reading your audience comes in to play. Are they more fact driven or emotion driven?
Finally, close your speech with your thesis condensed into a short statement designed to make your audience see your vision. Leave them with an honest, definite conclusion designed to uplift. And finally,
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