Today’s Evocative Word from Mark Twain: RIPPLE

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Written by Conor Cunneen

Published April 25, 2016




How Mark Twain Used Today’s Evocative Word – RIPPLE – to get ’em evocating!

The country audience is the difficult audience; a passage which it will approve with a RIPPLE will bring a crash in the city. A fair success in the country means a triumph in the city.”

Source: Mark Twain – A Biography: Albert Bigelow Paine

Above is an excerpt from  – What Mark Twain Learned Me ’bout Public Speakin  from Conor Cunneen which provides wit and wisdom from the great man (Twain not Conor!) to help you craft better speeches and presentations.

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 “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

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

Hope you enjoy and find useful.

Conor Cunneen is a Chicago based motivational business speaker and award winning humorist whose mission is to Improve People, Performance and Productivity.

Conor’s programs will leave you with a smile on your face, a spring in your step AND implementable ideas to take back to the workplace


Looking for a Chicago based speech writer, communications coach or inspirational keynote speaker, then PHONE Conor at 630 718 1643 or you can complete the following form. Cheers!

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