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The Lost Art of the Great Speech: How to Write It * How to Deliver It by Richard Dowis

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A definite maybe

The question is: Should you accept an invitation to be one of several speakers on a program? My answer to that is a definite maybe. You have to decide for yourself after considering the particular circumstances.

If you're certain that you have something to say on the subject that other speakers cannot, or probably will not, say, or if you can bring a new perspective to the subject, then you can change that definite maybe to a definite probably. Even then, I would not relish the idea of being last on a program.

If you happen to know that you'll be first or even second on the program, there should be no problem. Beyond second, though, you might have cause for concern. Of course, you might not be told at the time you're invited ...

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