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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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Don't assume anything

Even the most well-meaning program chairperson cannot always be counted on to arrange conditions that are favorable to the speaker or to provide all the information the speaker should have. The chairperson might feel that her responsibility is over once you have made a commitment to speak. It is up to you, the speaker, to inquire about details of the event. It is perfectly appropriate to do so.

Let's consider some of the details you will want to know after you have accepted and before you start to prepare your remarks. To use a phrase popularized during the national debate on healthcare legislation in 1992, the devil is in the details.

Obviously, you will get all the necessary information, such as date, time, and place. ...

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