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October 14, 2008

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Words, Wonderful Words

Table of Contents

1. News: New mail-out schedule, your contributions, buying speeches.

2. "Quotes To Speak By"

3. The Power of Speech


New Schedule

Welcome to the wonderful world of the spoken word. Due to a technical glitch, we missed our scheduled mail-out on Oct. 7. So, we will return to the every other week schedule as previous. I would like to personally welcome all new subscribers, and thank those who have recommended our site. As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and contributions. After all, we are all in this together! Your contributions.

Because it is still a fairly new feature, I'd like to remind you that you can contribute content to the site in a number of ways and on a variety of topics. If you have something to share about public speaking, share it!

Professional Speeches You Can Buy

While is all about writing speeches, we know that sometimes everyone gets short on time - at least, I do! So I just reviewed a couple of websites where you can buy professionally-written speeches for those times when you just can't get your ready. Check them out at What to Do When You Need A Speech FAST.

2. "Quotes To Speak By"

This week's quote comes from Winston Churchill:

"We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out."

I know of no one else who can craft words quite like Winston Churchill. He was truly the master of his craft. ;-).

3. The Power of Speech How many of us have heard the old schoolyard taunt, "Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me!" Just because a saying has been around for longer than most of us can remember, doesn't make it correct. Words are far more powerful than many people realize. Winston Churchill was very aware of the power of the spoken word. Whether he was telling the world that England would never, never, never give up, or commenting that a joke is a serious thing, he showed his strength in carefully chosen words crafted to fit the occasion.

So just what can speech do? Picture a European country, still reeling from the devastation of a world war. Along comes a short, dark man with nothing to recommend him but his powerful speaking style, and soon the country is in the hands of a mad man. I found it rather interesting that under all the words, there is basically nothing, yet nations fell before him. In reading Churchill's speeches, it is clear that each word was chosen after careful deliberation. Spoken clearly and plainly, choosing simple words over fancy ones, and preferring old words the most. Words were an integral part of his life, and can be in yours also. A simple way to put more meaning in your speeches is to increase vocabulary. How? By reading more. Be an example to your children and read, either alone or with them. Books will increase you vocabulary like nothing else will.

More on the power of words in our next letter. Let's be like Churchill and be able to say that, "In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet."

Happy speaking!

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