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How to Structure an Argument: The Basics

July 25th, 2013 by admin

No argument can withstand shoddy research. Facts must be collected and analyzed while different perspectives are explored so that the completed argument is well informed and solidly built. When researching an argument, take careful notes including relevant facts and observations that could aid in unifying your discussion.

Thesis Statement

You should be able to summarize your argument in a single sentence, which will serve as your thesis. Your thesis should be introduced with background information that provides meaning, and leads up to, the final thesis statement.

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Metaphors and the Power of Suggestion

January 16th, 2012 by admin

Metaphors are autumn leaves of the mind, changing the color of our thoughts. Ok, so that one was a bit tacky, but good metaphors indeed have a strong suggestive ability. Ever heard the proverb, “a picture is worth a thousand words?” Well, metaphors kind of work like that. They define something unfamiliar through the image of something familiar, or can create a deeper understanding by comparing two familiar images.
Take the famous metaphor, “Memory is a crazy Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Best Public Speakers

January 10th, 2012 by admin

If your daily thoughts are consumer by things like “how many calories did that yogurt have?” and “what are the best wireless internet service providers in my are” you need some eloquence in your life. You don’t have to bust out the Shakespeare but rather just listen to some of the best speakers of our time – they’re everywhere.
Barrack Obama: No matter what your politics are, Barrack has one of the most eloquent speaking voices in recent memory. He’s a powerful public speaker and for good reason – watch some old campaign videos, too.
Ina Garten: If you want soothing, look no further than the Food Network chef. Put her on in the background and lull yourself to sleep – she’s got the grammar and the vocabulary to beat and she also occasionally throws in a French word or two!
Daniel Craig: He’s bond for a reason and his great speech patterns surely don’t hurt. Whether he’s giving a press conference or in a movie on your TV Craig’s got a commanding presence on screen. He’s a powerful speaker, that’s for sure.

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Five Speeches That Changed the Course of History

January 3rd, 2012 by admin

It is amazing how powerful and passionate words can make such an impact on a large number of people. Over the years, there have been numerous speeches that have both inspired and empowered people. These famous speeches were heard by thousands and have changed the course of history forever. Continue reading to learn about some of the amazing speeches that made an impact on many

1. I Have a Dream Speech by Martin Luther King Jr.
This speech was all about the inequality that Read the rest of this entry »

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Assonance, Alliteration, and the Sounds of Skillful Speech

September 13th, 2011 by admin

Sound And Skillful Speech
Whenever the written word is transformed into oration, proof of the quality of certain sounds of assonance and alliteration is clarified. Notwithstanding excellence of public speaking skills, certain key verbalization techniques exist that elevate the quality of sound and produce eloquence and impact. The importance of choosing harmonic words for speech cannot be understated. The reason for this is cerebral and audible resonance for listeners.

Assonance
Choosing words that sound alike produces a powerful mechanism for memory retention. Beginning a Read the rest of this entry »

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The Famous Orators of Greece and Rome

September 11th, 2011 by admin

The famous oratory in Greece and Rome is what is called an effective way to speak in public and is done by joining such clubs like Rostrum, Toastmasters International, Associations of Speakers Club or POWERtalk international. Each member who joins will learn how to improve their speaking skills. All the members of the club will learn how to observation and practice, and listen to suggestions on learning better techniques when speaking in public.

This is a list of what oratory will teach members: learning how to use gestures, learning how to control their, what way to use vocabulary, resister Read the rest of this entry »

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Battle Cries: Heroism and Public Speaking in the Iliad

September 8th, 2011 by www.rhetoricalliance.org

Ask someone to describe the ideal soldier and you will probably get an answer like “brave,’ “strong,’ or “patriotic.’ What you would probably not expect to hear is “expert orator,’ and yet in ancient Greece rhetorical skills were every bit as admirable in a warrior as physical prowess. Nowhere is this more apparent than in that monument to martial glory known as the Iliad.

The commander who rallies his disheartened troops with a stirring speech is hardly unique to classical literature; Read the rest of this entry »

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Aristotle and the Art of Rhetoric

September 7th, 2011 by admin

Aristotle and the Art of Rhetoric are a historical milestone in human history. Aristotle wrote the original work called Rhetoric sometime near the 4th century BC. It was a grand exposition on the arts of persuasion and is one of his greatest written works. Because of this treatise Aristotle is given credit for creating the systems of using rhetoric theory in the ancient times. Rhetoric was probably not intended for publication by Aristotle, but inevitably ends up being Read the rest of this entry »

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