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Extempore Speech, how to Acquire and Practice it


Extempore Speech, how to Acquire and Practice it

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    William Pittenger
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. The Four Methods Op Public Speech—Their Advantages And Disadvantages. " What shall I do ?" exclaims the young student who expects soon to face public audiences. " Shall I write out what I have to say, polish it as highly as possible, and then utter this finished product ? Or must I take the risk of being able to .say nothing at all, in hope of gaining the ease and naturalness of spontaneous speech ?" It must be admitted that the first course indicated above has many advantages, and seems in harmony with the marked tendency of civilization toward division of labor. It is hard to perform several different operations at the same moment. Look how heavily the extempore speaker is burdened. He must think of his subject: arrange his ideas, sentences, and words: remember quotations : originate proper tones and gestures: and keep his attention closely fixed upon his audience. All this he must dp with the utmost promptness and regularity, or incur a fearful penalty—that of embarrassment and failure. Few men have the courage to stand long before an audience, waiting for a missing word or idea. To avoid. this danger the mind of an extempore speaker must be accustomed to work with the rapidity and precision of a printing-press: otherwise, the appalling danger of failure and ridicule will constantly stare him in the face. It is not wonderful that such perils have made many speakers perpetual slaves of the pen. But it may be noted that the public reader has an equal number of things to do at the same moment. He must look on the manuscript and recognize the words—a complicated process, which practice has made easy, but which does greatly distract attention. The whole discourse must be brought into mind as really as if extemporized with the difference that now, instead of a...  
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  • William Pittenger
  • General Books LLC
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