“Suppose you were an idiot.
And suppose you were a Congressman.
But I’m repeating myself.”
– Mark Twain, A Biography
Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a Congressman can. – What is man?
Mark Twain on
Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, King Leopold of the Belgians
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A jay hasn’t got any more principle than a Congressman. A jay will lie, a jay will steal, a jay will deceive, a jay will betray; and four times out of five, a jay will go back on his solemnest promise. – What Stumped the Blue Jay
Shall we ever have a Congress, a majority of whose members are hopelessly insane? Probably not. But it is possible— unquestionably such a thing is possible. – Letter to sister 1869
A man’s first duty is to his own conscience and honor—the party or the country come second to that. – Letter to W.D. Howells, 1884
“And he grew up and married, and raised a large family, and brained them all with an ax one night, and got wealthy by all manner of cheating and rascality; and now he is the infernalest wickedest scoundrel in his native village, and is universally respected, and belongs to the legislature.” – The Story of the Bad Little Boy
“When I say I’ll learn (‘Teach’ is not in the river vocabulary) a man the river, I mean it. And you can depend on it, I’ll learn him or kill him.” Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain
Utilizing a unique and memorable MARK TWAIN acronym, author Conor Cunneen demonstrates what the Dean of American Humorists learned him bout public speakin !
Audience research and knowledge
Relate to audience
Know your objective
Titter and humor wins the audience
Wait – The power of the Pause
Involve, Inform, Inspire your audience
Narration and stagecraft.