Written by Samuel Wong
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People who are experts in oratory, the practice of eloquent public speaking, have the magic ability to capture hold our attention, regardless of what they are speaking about. They are masters of injecting drama, humor, and emotion into their speaking. Some great orators of the past include John F. Kennedy, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King. These speakers had the power to mobilize millions of people in support of a variety of causes.

Oratory involves speaking strictly from memory. Speaking from memory gives the audience the impression that the speaker is speaking with passion and conviction from the heart. Seeing someone deliver a speech while constantly referring to his notes gives the impression that the speaker is not well prepared. Integrating yourself and your personality into your speech is another part of oratory. When you add your personality into your spoken word, you personalize whatever you are talking about.

Oratory Is A Lost Art

Oratory is becoming an endangered art form. These days, our society is fixated on flash-in-the-pan celebrities who are on the cover of every magazine one week, and on the cover of tell-all supermarket tabloids the next. It's as though we do not have the attention or interest in hearing someone give a compelling speech that makes us think. Even modern-day Presidents have someone writing their speeches for them, and the only way they seem to inject drama into their speaking is by pausing after every few sentences. Today's speakers seem somewhat disconnected from the subjects of their speeches.

Taking the time to learn and develop oratory skills is an investment in your future. When people stop, listen, and hang on to your every word, you have the power to change minds. In this day and age of indifference and apathy, oratory is a needed art form.

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