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Respect for the Pirate, Not the Politician
He was a pirate with a tremendous and sanguinary history; and as long as he preserved unspotted, in retirement, the dignity of his name and the grandeur of his ancient calling, homage and reverence were his from high and low; but when at last he descended into politics and became a paltry alderman, the public ‘shook’ him, and turned aside and wept.
When he died, they set up a monument over him; and little by little he has come into respect again; but it is respect for the pirate, not the alderman. To-day the loyal and generous remember only what he was, and charitably forget what he became.
Life on the Mississippi
Keynote speaker Conor Cunneen is author Suppose You Were An Idiot… Mark Twain on Politics and Politicians
Twain once wrote “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Congressman. But I repeat myself.”
“Whiskey is taken into the committee rooms in demijohns and carried out in demagogues.”
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Conor Cunneen is also author
What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin’
“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 !
MARK ——– BEFORE you go on stage
Audience research and knowledge
Relate to audience
Know your objective
TWAIN ——— ON STAGE
Titter and humor wins the audience
Wait – The power of the Pause
Involve, Inform, Inspire your audience
Narration and stagecraft.
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