How Mark Twain Used Today’s Evocative Word – DECEIVE – to get ’em evocating!
SOURCE: Mark Twain Speeches: To the Whitefriars ( for more detail see What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’)
“But impromptu speaking—that is what I was trying to learn. That is a difficult thing. I used to do it in this way. I used to begin about a week ahead, and write out my impromptu speech and get it by heart. Then I brought it to the New England dinner printed on a piece of paper in my pocket, so that I could pass it to the reporters all cut and dried, and in order to do an impromptu speech as it should be done you have to indicate the places for pauses and hesitations. I put them all in it. And then you want the applause in the right places….
I do that kind of speech (I mean an offhand speech), and do it well, and make no mistake, in such a way to DECEIVE the audience completely and make that audience believe it is an impromptu speech—that is art.”
Chicago motivational business speaker Conor Cunneen is author of What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’
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