Today’s Evocative Word from Mark Twain: CRAGGY

Adding humor to your speech - pondering on it

Written by Conor Cunneen

Published April 21, 2016
humorous motivational speaker MT at IrishmanSpeaks Chicago

How Mark Twain Used Today’s Evocative Word “CRAGGY” to get ’em evocating!


Three miles below town the ferryboat stopped at the mouth of a woody hollow and tied up. The crowd swarmed ashore and soon the forest distances and CRAGGY heights echoed far and near with shoutings and laughter. 

All the different ways of getting hot and tired were gone through with, and by-and-by the rovers straggled back to camp fortified with responsible appetites, and then the destruction of the good things began. After the feast there was a refreshing season of rest and chat in the shade of spreading oaks.


Source: Tom Sawyer, Chapter XXIX.


 Get more insights on the skills of a true genius in  What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin  which provides wit and wisdom on speech writing an speech-making. What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’ also provides examples of success and failure from the great man. Lessons that will “learn* you” to craft better speeches and presentations.


“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

Conor Cunneen’s new book – What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin provides wit and wisdom from the great man to help you craft better speeches and presentations.

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Mark Twain, long recognized as a wonderful author and humorist was possibly THE most successful professional speaker ever. He enthralled audiences from Berlin to Boston, from Montana to Melbourne with storytelling full of humor, pathos and humanity. He was regarded by many as an exceptional impromptu speaker, except he wasn’t! Twain worked diligently at his craft, researching, writing, rewriting and memorizing his material.

In this book, I showcase the words of Twain and his contemporaries via a unique MARK TWAIN acronym to highlight what Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speaking. The nine lessons provide a memorable and implementable framework for great speech making and presentation.

The MARK TWAIN acronym spells:

Message preparation


Relate to audience

Know your objective

Titter and humor

Wait (the Pause)



Narration and Stagecraft

What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin


Humorous Motivational Speaker Mark Twain by Chicago Irishman Conor Cunneen

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