Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why are speeches important?

Yes, there are speeches that can make you feel as if you never want to hear another word on the topic, or as if they'll never end. Speeches abound that don't deserve the title, muttered and mumbled and delivered off-hand or ill-prepared as they often are. But at their best, why are speeches important--especially today?

This time, I'm not talking about presentations or extemporaneous remarks, but formal speeches of all kinds. Here's how I started my list:
  • Speeches let us meet our leaders and hear what they have to say in person.
  • Speeches reveal the speaker's best and worst qualities, which can impact business, politics, world events and more.
  • Speeches inspire groups and call them to action.
Can you add to that? Why do you think speeches are important today--or do you disagree, and why? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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