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How to Speak Eloquently

How to Speak Eloquently

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    Eloquence is governed by reason, consistency, listening, tone of voice and emotional control.  The syntax is merely symptomatic of good or bad technique.  This is an introduction to the methodology of formulaic, succinct and thoughtful statements.  

Eloquence isn’t about learning what to say.  It is the gift how knowing how to speak.

This was written to serve as your eloquent training wheels.  If you are an unconfident speaker, start by using this guide to help you plan a topic to speak of in the future.  It can be a presentation, or you can just pick a topic to speak on at a future point in conversation.  After you find success in planned speaking, try to incorporate the same steps into your impromptu speaking.

Keep this guide in your pocket until you notice it has been a while since you have used it.

Instructions 1

The first chance you a get minute to yourself, find a place to comfortably sit with your eyes closed.    Visualize your goal.  What needs to happen to facilitate your end goal?   Are you making a case for a call to action?  Are you fundraising?  Are you simply engaging in an intellectual debate? 

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Write down the action(s) that facilitates your specific goals; after all, this is what rhetoric strives to do in the first place.  You can incorporate this method into how you conduct your conversations.  Make a habit of thinking about what happens as a result of the conversations you conduct; associating your syntax with actions is far less cerebral than associating your actions with syntax; the latter creates several possibilities of action i.e. many conclusions for your listener to grab.  Associating your syntax with action leads the listener to one conclusion- your conclusion. 

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Start making a habit of saying every sentence in your head before you say it out loud.  It may seem awkward at first, but this is the best way to avoid giving an impetuous response.  Eloquence has the fragility of a Faberge egg, and an impetuous response can destroy eloquence in an instant.  Once the eloquence is lost, it is game over for that particular discussion; there is no regaining it.  Everyone smashes the eloquence out of their statements; it is unavoidable.  Learn from it.  The majority of oral blunders are a result of a statement that has not been thought through in its entirety i.e. saying something without having said it entirely in your head first. 

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If you are engaged in an intellectual debate and your opponent makes a questionable claim, but one that you cannot categorically deny, ask questions.  For example:  You are engaged in a political debate with a classmate, and you are winning handsomely.  Your opponent responds to your point with a dispute; he contests your claim with a counterclaim and an alleged fact, the veracity of which you can’t know in the moment.  It's okay. A counterpoint doesn't invalidate your whole cause. Focus on making your argument relevant in light of the dispute. Often counterpoints scare us into invalidating ourselves.

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If you don’t know what to say, ask questions until you do.  Statements are definitive.  You cannot make a statement, later squeamishly retract it and still retain eloquence.  Questions are exploratory. Speaking in unfamiliar territory is similar to exploring unfamiliar physical territory.  You don’t want to build your house on quicksand.  Careful excavation of the site and its surrounding territories will show you where to build your house.  You don’t want to make a statement on quicksand, either.  Careful excavation of the site and its surrounding territories will show you where to build your argument. Questions help you map out a spot on which to take a stand. 

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Oh no!  The unthinkable has happened!  A valid counterpoint has presented itself!  Relax.  Prepare yourself for reasonable opposition.  A strong counterpoint does not destroy your case.  Is the oppositional point mutually exclusive of your point i.e. can both points both be true?  If so, acknowledge the reasonable dissent and expand your stance to accommodate for it.  If the counterpoint and your point are mutually exclusive (both cannot be true and exist i.e. it cannot be both dark and sunny outside.) counter with a scenario in which the opposition is in a mutually exclusive conundrum.  For example:  You think dark is better than sunny.  Sunny has just told you no one can tan in the dark.  This is true.  But, no one can sunburn in the dark either. 

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Tips & Warnings

There are winners and losers of debates.  You cannot debate facts i.e. whether the sun is shining or it is raining.  All else is in the realm of ideology.  There is technically never a right or wrong no matter how obviously compelling one side may be.  The winner of the debate has constructed the superior argument. 

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