Rhetorical Devices: Erotema

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. erotema), meaning “question” In plain English: A question that is asked without expecting an answer because the answer is strongly implied; a rhetorical question. Filed under: Rhetoric.

Rhetorical Devices: Sententia

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. ——— “The lesson we have to learn is that our dislike for certain persons does not give us any right to injure our fellow creatures. Filed under: Rhetoric.

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Rhetorical Devices: Epistrophe

Manner of Speaking

This post is part of a series on rhetoric and rhetorical devices. Market forces cannot educate us or equip us for this world of rapid technological and economic change. We can’t protect the ordinary against the abuse of power by leaving them to it; we must protect each other. Rhetoric Abraham Lincoln Barrack Obama Bill Gates Epiphora Epistrophe Gettysburg Address Lyndon Johnson Nelson Mandela rhetoric Rhetorical device Tony Blair Yes we can

Rhetoric Made Easy – Bringing Back the Magic

The Presenter's Blog

2000 years ago our Greek and Roman presenter-ancestors left us an awesome inheritance — the formulae for magic. They left us scrolls and manuscripts full of magical word-spells. Spells that help us to bond with an audience. We know them in today’s world as “rhetoric”.

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Spice Up Your Speeches with these 3 Rhetorical Devices

Presentation Guru

John Zimmer has written about Rhetoric for us before and here outlines three specific rhetorical devices that can have this profound effect and shows us how to use them to increase our powers of persuasion and our ability to influence.

Thought Leadership - Rhetorical Power Of "Un"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

They are not about us the vendors. The power of "un" is still in its embryonic stage. As you know: Attention is the currency of the second decade of the 21st century. 

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Seven points for powerful debating

The Presenter's Blog

Governor Romney showed us a masterclass in key messaging during Debate One, when somehow, almost all lines of discussion seemed to lead directly to “small business”. During Debate Two , we commented on the use of rhetorical techniques.

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Obama v. Romney: Blogging the 2012 US Presidential Debates

The Presenter's Blog

The ancient Romans and Greeks gave us the skills we today call Public Speaking. They also brought us the arena. This week, we will see those traditions of the ancient world resonate in the gladiatorial collision of the US Presidential Debates.

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Obama vs. Romney. Blogging the 2012 US Presidential Debates. Round 2. Head to Head at Hofstra.

The Presenter's Blog

Reblogged from make a powerful point: Over $1.1billion has been spent so far on this year’s presidential debate. There’s an outcry against political rhetoric. Yet it’s rhetoric that moves the needle. This week: Rhetoric.

2012 179

Political Rhetoric: Post-Christie Analysis

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Ghostwriters studied Chris Christie's political rhetoric. That hybrid of plain-speaking and New Jersey crude was resonating with voters, GOP power brokers like Nancy Reagan and the media. We visited the Christie kind of rhetoric, were fascinated and now have moved on.

Why You Should Never Underestimate the Power of the Spoken Word

Presentation Guru

In Jim Harvey’s earlier pieces he showed us the 12 hacks to make you a more charismatic speaker (outlined again below to remind us) and explained how inspired use of figurative language will transform your message.

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Romney tax trap: The power and the pitfalls of tropes

The Presenter's Blog

Tropes are powerful magic. Taking advantage of a trope allows us to cast ourselves heroic, or patriotic, or wise, or kind, or any other persona we choose. Good speech-writers, speakers, and image makers will all be very aware of this terrific power of tropes.

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Stuck Speechwriters - Let Us Pray

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

has been the platform for rhetoric which persuades, inspires, and, yes, changes behavior. But even before the founding of America and the cultivation of politics as big business, preachers such as Jesus Christ and Buddha have been powerful influencers.

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THE POWER OF LANGUAGE, PART II

Professionally Speaking...

  Rhetoric is the art of using language as a means to persuade. by a school of philosophers and teachers known as Sophists , rhetoric evolved as an important skill for aspiring orators. Although the formal study of rhetoric has waxed and waned over the centuries, this classic art offers many powerful techniques which we can use to enhance the impact of our speech. "And our nation itself is testimony to the love our veterans have had for it and for us.

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Liberal Dog Fight - Joe Kennedy III Reported to Announce Saturday Run Against Ed Markey for U.S. Senate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A Kennedy who is a U.S. Representative versus a proven U.S. Joe Kennedy III is expected to announce this Saturday that he is taking on incumbent U.S.   Although Kennedy had filed to run for the U.S. Accomplishment versus rhetoric. In the U.S.

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Book journal: Credibility and the feminine rhetorical style

The Eloquent Woman

The answer for women speakers is very likely a little of both, but the point remains: Men and women have different rhetorical styles, although the feminine rhetorical style has largely been dismissed, as women have not been as prevalent in the history of public speaking, compared to men.

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THE POWER OF LANGUAGE, PART III

Professionally Speaking...

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.". I highlighted some of these tools in Part I and Part II of The Power of Language. Here are some additional rhetorical devices that can be effectively integrated into your presentations to make your message come alive and connect with the audience. This is another way of structuring repetition, which is always a powerful tool. Let us let our own children know that we will stand against the forces of fear.

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The Term "Impeachment" - Politicos (and private citizens) Threw that Rhetorical Grenade Since Days of George Washington

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

The Democrats can re-take the U.S.   Probably from the get-go with the election of the first president of the U.S. So radical is that notion that it packs a power punch. The message makes a nice tidy package. That is: Get out and vote next Tuesday.

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Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

Pro Humorist

Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric? Aristotle is important to us as speakers because he is generally credited as developing the basics of rhetorical theory in his book, which is often translated into English as The Art of Rhetoric.

Over-50: Emergency Introduction to Porcupine Power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There is a U.S. president who made being rhetorically brutal his signature. So, for a while now, to even survive professionally and personally we have to understand and adopt a form of power our mentors never taught us. That's known as "porcupine power."

“I Have A Dream” – 7 Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King

Matt Eventoff

Irene wreaked havoc yesterday, leaving 21 dead, billions of dollars in damages and millions without power and water. The destruction caused by Irene also allowed us to see humanity at its best, with neighbors helping neighbors, strangers assisting strangers, and heroes saving lives.

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Martin Luther King: Would his lofty rhetoric be dated today?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Kennedy, had been a powerful orator - in his day.    However, styles of rhetoric change.    Those of us who bear witness to evangelical services hear King's type of public speaking.  Martin Luther King, like John F.

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Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

Pro Humorist

Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric? Aristotle is important to us as speakers because he is generally credited as developing the basics of rhetorical theory in his book, which is often translated into English as The Art of Rhetoric. outside Number 10, it seems as though he has more of a grasp of rhetoric than his predecessor Gordon Brown. when he says the lines: “ I want us to build an economy that rewards work.

Rhetorical Hacking: Chris Christie's Plain-speaking, Marinated in Anger, Will Take Hit

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Those of us from Jersey know that Chris Christie's plain-speaking rhetoric isn't his invention.  Voters, the media, and the powerful like Nancy Reagan liked what they heard.   Should Christie fall, his approach to rhetoric will go out of favor.

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Basic Principles of Persuasive Rhetoric – 4

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Principle IV:   Persuasive rhetoric deals in stories, facts, and tropes.   We love good revenge stories because they help us believe that the world is in fact a just place despite nearly overwhelming, constant evidence to the contrary.   Facts come a distant second to stories in our memory hall of fame, but they can be powerful if used carefully. Those of us in the audience held our collective breath while he ticked off the seventeen reasons.

Can rhetorical excellence be inherited? PART II

Max Atkinson

Now Mr Speaker, we have had an intense and impassioned debate and rightly so, given the clear and present threat from Daesh, the gravity of the decision that rests upon the shoulders and the conscience of every single one of us and the lives we hold in our hands tonight. The question which confronts us in a very, very complex conflict is at its heart very simple. The carnage in Paris brought home to us the clear and present danger we face from them. They hold us in contempt.

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THE POWER OF LANGUAGE, PART I

Professionally Speaking...

"Language exerts hidden power, like a moon on the tides.". Language.something we use everyday; something we take for granted; yet something that has enormous power in helping us effectively and persuasively communicate our ideas. In the three phrases, all starting with the word "victory", he employs the rhetorical device, "the rule of threes", to create impact through repetition. American Rhetoric. Rita Mae Brown, American writer. .

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The Queen’s First Speech

The Presenter's Blog

In her Coronation Speech , the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II showed sure-footed awareness of royal power combined with technical mastery in how to portray it. When we zoom into one just one small section of the speech, we see the mechanics used to establish that power.

2012 155

Rhetoric & imagery in Obama's victory speech

Max Atkinson

THE ART OF ORATORY Barack Obama’s speech in Chicago following his victory in the US election was a fine example of the rhetorical brilliance that helped him defeat Hillary Clinton and John McCain. The main rhetorical techniques include: Contrasts: e.g. I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him (Mark Antony), three-part lists: e.g. Education, education and education. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine.

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Moon rhetoric from Neil Armstrong, JFK & Werner von Braun

Max Atkinson

But this historic achievement was also the fulfillment of earlier memorable rhetorical flourishes from President Kennedy, who’d committed the USA to land a man on the moon within a decade. Tags: von Braun rhetoric armstrong Moon landing Kennedy

When the young Paddy Ashdown surprised himself by the power of his own rhetoric

Max Atkinson

If the then prospective parliamentary candidate for Yeovil possessed a suit, he certainly wasn’t wearing it that day, preferring to appear in a sweater and open necked shirt – though the podium unfortunately prevents us from seeing whether or not he was also wearing sandals. I’ve often used it as an example of how an inexperienced speaker can sometimes be surprised by the power of his own rhetoric. Tags: rhetoric Ashdown three part list charisma

Basic Principles of Persuasive Rhetoric – 6

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

    You’ll see this in your speaking when you hit upon a topic that affects an audience powerfully, at the gut level.     Messages that we perceive affect our personal (or organizational) safety are inherently interesting to us. Principle VI: Persuasive communication cuts through the clutter of information overload by dealing with safety issues.   Turn Maslow’s hierarchy of needs upside down in your mind.

Did Obama's body language match his rhetoric?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  When the two are aligned, a speaker can be powerful – even charismatic.  Obama’s elegant and sweeping rhetoric talked about openness, listening, and peace.    Later, when he spoke of the “interests we all share as human beings” being “far more powerful than those that drive us apart,” he gestured as if he was holding something about the size of a loaf of bread in his hands. 

Higher Education, Feminism, Internal Investigations, Power Could Go on Trial - "Reitman v. Ronell/N.Y.U."

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  As Masha Gessen explains in The New Yorker , they include: The special institution higher education is in the U.S. Should allegations about sexual harassment be investigated internally  The nature of power, especially between advisors and those they advise, as it actually operates. Why, in this era of hyper awareness of the abuse of power through sexual harassment did Ronell leave herself open to this kind of mess? That even enters the rhetoric of his lawsuit.

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Donald Trump Crushing Other GOP Candidates - Power Of Being One-Issue Candidate

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Instead there could be a book examining the power of the one-issue candidate. The rhetoric is bombastic, the style stream of consciousness. Since he knows how to put on a good show, and Hillary Clinton doesn't, he really could become the next president of the U.S.

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“It’s Halftime in America” — An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Nor do most of us guys have the cool, raspy voice of Clint Eastwood.). Detroit’s showing us it can be done. And what’s true about them is true about all of us. Rhetorical devices are just as important today as they were centuries ago. Eastwood incorporates a number of rhetorical devices in his speech. (a) Repetition of key words or ideas is a powerful speaking technique. A call to action is a powerful way to end a speech.

Drudge Report's Machiavellian Move and More - Best of Political Times for Students of Power

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

But those of us who are students of power are positioned elsewhere. On Abovethelaw, lawyer-journalist Kathryn Rubino explains how "pissed" The Donald is with U.S.

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Rhetorical denial and the mysterious case of Tony Benn

Max Atkinson

About a year ago, I wrote a post on 'rhetorical denial' - a term I use to refer to the way in which outstanding orators don’t always like their technical ability being noticed or analysed by others - and will sometimes use a rhetorical device or two to deny that they're any good at public speaking. Years later, both of us appeared on the same television programme, for which I had recorded a piece illustrating the main rhetorical techniques with video clips from political speeches.

How to create soundbites in your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Follow rhetorical principles and you can create your own quotable soundbite. Then he coached Anne Brennan, a woman with no speaking experience whatsoever, to win a standing ovation at the Liberal Democratic Party annual conference by using rhetorical techniques.

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Five architect’s jewels for your next presentation

The Presenter's Blog

His description pulls us gently into a lost-world of couture and design. Manku uses a quiet delivery that draws us into his words and into his world. By replacing the commas in your lists with lots of ands or ors , then you make the list seem bigger – more powerful.

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How would Obama's rhetoric and oratory sound from a London back street?

Max Atkinson

New US presidents speak from Capitol Hill, looking out over a classic masterpiece of post-enlightenment town design that stretches before them as far as the eye can see. Tags: rhetoric Blair Obama Thatcher Brown oratory

Analysis of a Speech by Janine Shepherd

Manner of Speaking

A Powerful Opening. She starts with a compelling and powerful statement that is relevant for anyone. Second, the use of the straws—including placing one on every chair in the audience—was both a great reminder of the story in the hospital and a powerful metaphor for the point that we are all connected. Janine uses a variety of techniques—vivid, descriptive language that evokes all of the senses; dialogue; rhetorical devices; and more—to make her speech come alive.

The day Barack Obama discovered his powers of oratory and rhetoric

Max Atkinson

But it's a struggle that touches each and every one of us. First, in what was perhaps his first ever political speech, a command of some of the most important rhetorical techniques was already there (though admittedly as recalled and rewritten by him many years later).

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