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November 11, 2008
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The Power of a WordTable of Contents
1. What is in a word? Your contributions, buying speeches.
2. "Quotes To Speak By"
3. Chose your words carefully.
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This week Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author, best voices the power of a word.
"Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."
3. The Right Word
Why does a simple thing like a word matter so much? After all, everybody from a precocious 15-month-old to a PhD in astrophysics uses the same words.
Like certain scents, words can evoke powerful emotions. "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...." Words such as these ignited a revolution that would change the world forever for good, while another man's speech a mere 160 years later ushered in one of the most horrific eras in human history. "Europe will not have peace until the Jewish question has been disposed of....the outcome will not be the victory of Jewry, but rather the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe!"
The founding fathers of the United States were masters of the spoken word, as was Adolph Hitler. Try listening to one of Hitler's speeches. What feelings does it evoke? Then read one of the founding documents. The differences are stunning. Both evoke powerful feelings, but Hitler's words leave a feeling of unrest, an urge to exercise power, while the founding documents give a feeling of peace, the desire to improve lives and situations.
Chose your words carefully. Try each one on for size. Don't try to impress by using big, fancy words when smaller, simpler ones will do. Watch your descriptions. Don't throw around words casually such as 'spectacular' or 'truly amazing,' because then what will you do when something truly spectacular or amazing happens?
Don't look at a speaking assignment as a chore, but a fun experiment. See how different combinations sound, different words. A thesaurus is a great help in this exercise, as long as you do not get too original! And above all, enjoy the journey of seeing where your words can take you.
As said by Mark Twain, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
Public speaking is a craft, and words are our tools. Make them memorable and heart-felt. Your speeches will be better for it.
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