What Makes a Great Orator?

GUEST: Senator Robert Torricelli *Democrat from New Jersey *Co-editor, In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century (Kodansha, 1999) Andrew Carroll *Co-editor, In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century (Kodansha, 1999) Reid Buckley *Founder and Head, the Buckley School of Public Speaking *Author, Strictly Speaking: Reid Buckley's Indispensible Handbook on Public Speaking (McGraw-Hill, 1999) Great oratory in the past has had the power to rally masses, move a nation, even influence history. The power of a good speech may become more evident as the race for president speeds up... But some argue that the time of the great stump speech may be over, as cable TV and the internet encourage a more personal— and briefer— form of communication. Can technology diminish the importance of a great speech or speaker? Melinda Penkava and guests contemplate what makes a great orator.

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