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April 28, 2009
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KnowledgeTable of Contents
1. Your contributions, buying speeches.
2. "Quotes To Speak By"
3. How much should you know?
1. Your Contributions
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Professional Speeches You Can Buy
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Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. (1900-1965), politician and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, sums up the the importance of knowledge and the pursuit thereof.
“If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.”
A common question I have been asked lately is where to come up with speech topics, and how to develop preassigned topics. Just as a building needs a wide base for stability, so does a speaker need a wide base of knowledge to draw from.
3. The great importance of knowledge.
A successful speaker must have a wide base of information to draw from. Why is this so important? Many think that just a thorough knowledge of your topic is enough. That would be fine if you want to put your audience to sleep with a recitation of facts and figures. One of the hallmarks of an effective speaker is flexibility. How better to keep interest than with a bevy of anecdotes, examples, and quotes at the ready to help you illustrate your points.
Of course, this is where reading your audience again comes into play. Will they relate better to personal stories, or examples from history or literature? The more information you have on a wide variety of topics, the better you can adjust your presentation to fit the audience. In speaking, as in many areas of life, knowledge is power.
Perhaps Bertrand Russell (British author) said it best, "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." (But then it really isn't useless, now is it?)
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