With a general topic in hand, you’ll need to wade into the oceans of information available in today’s information-filled society. If any thing, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with the amount of information you’ll be faced with, especially with the advent of the Internet and computerized databases. So, it might be useful to develop a wading-in method. This section will suggest the following progression: (1) discover what you know; (2) what experts know; and (3) what information systems can provide.

First, discovering what you know is the most overlooked resource in public speaking. People seem to discount the information they know— they think that somehow book information is more valid than personal experience. Not so. In fact, ...

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