Shortcuts to Eloquence

Written by Larry Tracy

Copyright 2005 Larry Tracy

You have probably hadrepparttar experience of listening to a speaker who, even if you did not agree with that person's message, caused you to think, "this is an outstanding speaker." That speaker was probably using certain rhetorical devices that touched an internal chord, that made him or her sound eloquent.

Normally, such techniques are used by experienced speakers who have honed them over time. Yet you do not need to have delivered hundreds of presentations to developrepparttar 140504 ability to incorporate rhetorical techniques which add grace, forcefulness, vividness and especially eloquence to your presentation.


According to one ofrepparttar 140505 most oft-quoted men ofrepparttar 140506 19th Century, Ralph Waldo Emerson, eloquence is

"the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible torepparttar 140507 person to whom you are speaking."

Note that he said nothing about speaking in polysyllabic phrases aimed less at communicating than impressing. Truly eloquent speakers use short, direct, specific language aimed a their listeners. Winston Churchill's stirring speeches during World War II are prime examples of such language.

Eloquent speakers, like Churchill and John F. Kennedy, realize thatrepparttar 140508 spoken word must appeal torepparttar 140509 ear more thanrepparttar 140510 eye, and nothing appeals more than repetition, rhythm and cadence. The eloquent presentation translates dull and colorless speech into words with punch which will be remembered.

In short, eloquence is where poetry and prose meet, where music and speech join. The means by which this is accomplished is byrepparttar 140511 adroit use of figures of speech, generally referred to as rhetorical devices.

Shortcuts to eloquence

I use this phrase to describe what are normally referred to as rhetorical devices. I do so forrepparttar 140512 simple reason that, adroitly employed, these techniques allow novices to appear as a very experienced speakers inrepparttar 140513 perception of their audiences.

Inexperienced speakers can learn to incorporate into their presentations techniques that provide polish to what may be an otherwise pedantic effort. Below are four of these shortcuts that will let you implant your ideas intorepparttar 140514 collective mind of your audience.

Shortcut one: Repetition

Perhapsrepparttar 140515 most frequently used of these techniques is repetition of key words and key phrases to emphasizerepparttar 140516 presenter's message. An illustrative example isrepparttar 140517 famous 1963 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. known asrepparttar 140518 "I have a dream" speech because he opened eight consecutive paragraphs with that phrase. Unless you believe you possessrepparttar 140519 oratorical skills of Dr. King, I would refrain from going that far in a business presentation. But a more limited repeating of key phrases does indeed add power to any presentation.

In a written essay, such repetition would be redundant. In a spoken presentation, it is an invaluable asset to hammer homerepparttar 140520 point you want your audience to grasp and act upon.

The King speech shows how repetition can allow a presentation to build to a crescendo. Repetition is frequently used atrepparttar 140521 beginning of a presentation to gainrepparttar 140522 audience's attention.

Shortcut two: The Rhythmic Triple

One again I am coining my own phrase. This technique, a variation of repetition, is generally calledrepparttar 140523 Rule of Three, because it repeats, in threes, key words and phrases. I preferrepparttar 140524 term rhythmic triple because this technique delivers a message with an ear-pleasing rhythm and cadence inrepparttar 140525 beat of three.

The speaker using this technique drives home his or her point with three words, three sentences, three phrases. "Threes" tend to reinforce, because, for reasons no one fully understands, people remember best when they hear repetition in a series of three. Repeating twice is too little, four or more two much (unless you are a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.).

Churchill was a great user ofrepparttar 140526 rhythmic triple, as when he said ofrepparttar 140527 Royal Air Force,

"Never inrepparttar 140528 field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few

He could have said "We owe a great debt torepparttar 140529 fliers ofrepparttar 140530 RAF inrepparttar 140531 saving of Britain." Would this phrase have been as memorable?

In July 2002, Governor Mark Schwieker of Pennsylvania usedrepparttar 140532 rhythmic triple in demanding an explanation about safety procedures fromrepparttar 140533 company that ownedrepparttar 140534 mine where nine miners were entombed before being miraculously rescued. The Governor said, with considerable emotion, thatrepparttar 140535 company owed an explanation "Torepparttar 140536 miners, to their families and to me."

Nurturing Your Soul

Written by Lael Johnson

Copyright 2005 Writer's Eye Advisory Service

Number Yourself: Count yourself as an important individual. You are important. You need to be counted and acknowledged especially when you are helping others. One way that you can do this is by taking proper care of your self (having enough sleep, food, exercise and relaxation). Then you will have enough energy to help others and liverepparttar rest of your busy life. Sounds too basic? It's supposed to be. It'srepparttar 140385 basics that hold daily life together.

Understand Yourself: Think about how this fits into your self-care. If you understand when you are hungry, then you will eat and renew your energy. This happens with any other activity, such as sleep or exercise. Likewise, when you know your needs, you can take action to meet them, instead of ignoring them, and making your helping work and your daily life that much more difficult.

Respect Yourself: Believe in yourself, your talents and your abilities. Focus onrepparttar 140386 times in your life, when you know that your actions or words helped someone else to change their life. Helping others is not about being compensated by material rewards. It is about being compensated by experiencing intangible rewards, including high self-esteem, confidence and satisfaction of a job well done.

Take Care of Yourself: To help others, you do need to take care of yourself. I've already mentioned some ways that you can do that. Work toward maintaining balance, emotionally, physically, socially, mentally and spiritually in your life. Then you will be able to help others with more energy as well as not depleting your own resources.

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