Walk up to a man and knock him down…

“ …walk up to a man and knock him down. You will probably discover that, when he regains his feet, the talk he delivers will be well nigh flawless as a gem of eloquence.”

Thus wrote Dale Carnegie, the godfather of modern day public speaking, in 1929.

While I don’t recommend actually doing this, for moral and legal reasons, it does however beautifully sum up the idea that everyone innately knows exactly what to say and how to say it, when the situation requires it. In the case above, the man who has been knocked down would no doubt respond with a string of expletives, but these words and sentences would be delivered in the most confident manner, with near perfect rhythm and effective use of figures of speech.

Putting civil disorder to one side, if the speaker can find their passion, they can find their voice…

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