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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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Chapter Five. Beginning Well

"Well begun is well done."

So goes the old saying. Although speech writing is not quite that simple, it is certainly true that getting a speech off to a good start puts the speaker a lot closer to the time when "well done" can truly apply. In the next two chapters, the discussion will be about opening a speech. I'll cover the importance of crafting a good opening and give you numerous examples of openings of different kinds.

To have a good speech, you must have a good opening. If that seems too obvious to mention, think about this: The first minute or so of a speech is about the only time a speaker can be certain of having the undivided attention of the audience. Virtually every person in an audience is attentive ...

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