Friday, October 19, 2007

Public Speaking : Definitions

Public speaking: The detailed art of establishing oneself as a target for criticism

Definitions, like the one above, will add a punch of humor to your pubic speaking events. You can either make up your own or find them in quote books, magazines, or online. Just make sure that the definition you are working with is a word you want to emphasize. It should be just some random word you think is cool. I suggest picking your main points and using this technique to make them memorable. They will be hard to forget with such an effective tool. Here are three others to give you more of an idea:

Death: To stop sinning suddenly. Elbert Hubbard

Jury: Twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. Robert Frost

Radical: A man with both feet planted firmly in the air. Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Using definitions in a public speaking engagement highlights the main points of your speech, engages the audience, and can add humor. Just don’t use a definition that will offend the audience. You don’t really want to make a joke about lawyers to lawyers…although they are probably used to it by now!

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