Monthly Archive for June, 2009

In the first two articles of this series, we learned how using the rule of three can improve your speeches by [1] writing triads of words, phrases, and sentences and [2] by applying three-part speech outlines.

In this article, you will learn how adding an unexpected twist to the third element can add power or humor to your speech.

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On Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.

This review features topics including:

  • new public speaking books;
  • creating strong speech outlines;
  • opinions on filler words;
  • persuasive speech strategies;
  • explanations of the misinterpretation of Mehrabian’s research [7%=content; 38%=voice; 55% = body language];
  • step-by-step slide makeovers; and
  • elevator pitches for professional speakers and speechwriters.

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Previously, we learned how the rule of three improves speeches when used at the micro-speech level, to craft memorable triads of words, phrases, and sentences.

In this article, we will learn how the rule of three improves speeches at the macro-speech level when applied to speech stories or to entire speech outlines.

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