Monthly Archives: June 2016

Speak to Entertain

Speech purpose:  entertain  A very common speech purpose is “entertain.” Too often, “corny” replaces “entertainment” as the speech develops. A charming/vivacious/well-known speaker may decide to skip preparing and rehearsing and just “speak off the cuff.” These are known as amateurs. … Continue reading

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Vegas — or 30 mpg

Getting to Vegas – or getting 30 mpg Is the club’s score on the “Distinguished Club Program” a goal or a measure of effectiveness? When we play baseball or golf the score is the purpose, the endpoint. But when we … Continue reading

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How to Pursuade

Speech Purpose An audience sitting in a slightly-darkened, warm room faces a bright screen. This audience is a group of OB/GYNs, and the screen images feature an imaginative approach to measuring a developing fetus’ “crown-rump length” (size of torso, which … Continue reading

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