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-Public Speaking: Many books have been written on how to speak. There ought now to be a ready market for one on how to shut up! 

To get you up and speaking in a hurry: Here: first a sample speech, then the planning and assembling. 
    OPENING IT "Why do people, perhaps you, if you are from out of town, knowingly ingest a poison next to arsenic on the toxicity scale? 
    SPECIFIC PURPOSE STATEMENT "My purpose in this talk to you is to get you to be concerned about the insidious dangers in fluoridating our water supply". 
    BODY:
    POINT ONE "Why have cities and countries around the world who have used fluoridation, curtailed or banned further use of it? Do they not have reputable scientists who have researched the effects of adding sodium fluoride to drinking water? Sodium fluoride is a by product of producing aluminum; a waste the aluminum companies must dispose of. 
    POINT TWO Those ingesting fluoride in areas where it occurs naturally, often appear older than they actually are. Gradually the internal and external cell structure breaks down. Wrinkles appear sooner than expected. Skin color changes. 
    The insidious effects upon the human body by this cumulative poison are causing health and appearance concerns among an increasing number of health care professionals. 
    POINT THREE Why then add it to the water we drink? 
    Give me a fanatic! Because of their extreme devotion and love for what they hold as important, they usually can be counted on for meticulous attention to detail. Who would you choose to work on the engine and other mechanical and electronics functions in the plane you and/or members of your family were going to fly in? A fanatic for being exact? None of us would want the guy who thinks 'it's not a major issue right now guys, we'll fix it on its way back, come on, let's go for a beer'.

Like in all things, extensive research is best done by 'fanatics'. 
    Many scientists lack either the funds or dedication, or both, in order to thoroughly research. 
    Boston Toxicologist Dr. P. Mellenix states that fluoride interrupts normal brain development in babies and children as it affects the hippocamus, the brain's central processor.
    Fluoride is added to the water mostly for 'the poor kiddies' whose parents can't afford proper dental care. Does not even common sense tell us that tooth decay begins from within the body and that proper nutrition would rectify this? Did God make a mistake with food and lead the scientists to utilize poison? How did the teeth of the human race exist before fluoride? Everyone seemed to have enough teeth to chew the food needed for living and get us to this point in time. 
    What happens if you boil water for coffee (or, better still, tea) or to get rid of chlorine? Does it not concentrate the fluoride, increasing it beyond the presently accepted levels? 
    Using fluoride as a 'paint on' or 'wash up' panacea (a cure all) is a part of the 'take a pill', 'get a quick fix' and 'deal later with any subsequent problems' philosophy pervasive within society today. Reports surface occasionally in the papers of fluoride's harmful effects, like the child who died in the dentists chair after swallowing some of the 'paint on' application of it by his dentist.
    CONCLUSION I urge you to examine the question of whether or not to allow this town's water supply to be fluoridated. Those with Internet hook up can check out fluoridation there and others interested can visit the local library. 
    I predict that the effects of fluoride, now deemed safe by many health authorities, will be like the Dental Associations who for decades said silver amalgam fillings were safe and now have reversed their stance, thanks to the fanatics who pursued questions with vigor.
    If fluoride is allowed to be added to our water here, the insidious side of fluoride is sure to bring us increasing health problems." 

 PLANNING IT: Know it but never memorize or read it! Speak from your heart what you know about it! Enunciate clearly. Look at your audience. You're human. If you make an error, correct it. 
    1) Make sure your subject is something you feel deeply about, so your feelings reach their hearts. Be sensitive. Consider your audience. Don't offend. Inspire to change or act. 
    2) Have one purpose, one idea that you wish to leave in the minds of your audience. Build your speech around it with 3 or 4 points. They'll never remember more than this. 2 is best. 
    Use only a 3"x5" card. Write down your main purpose: "My purpose in this talk to you is to get you to be concerned about the insidious dangers in fluoridating our water supply."
   3) Make it clear. After they have listened to you, they should understand how you feel about it, even if they may disagree with you. Never use a long word when a short precise one will do, especially when emphasizing a point. Avoid long erudite nonsense words and phrases that are imprecise and show lazy thinking – like, human resources, win win situation, walk the talk, downsizing, optimizing, politically correct, social construction, moribund (about to die) disenchantment, engaged in current constrained situational deciphering towards resolvability, prior 'optionizing', inert planning, etc. If a twelve year old kid isn't interested in your speech, you'll fail to fire the youthful enthusiasm in all of us.
    Many speakers of great memory seem to want to be sure the audience is exposed to the most of it through an unimaginative meandering delivery. When overshadowing of knowledge begins to relegate simple facts into obscurity, you know the audience is in for a stale time!
   4) Get the facts to support your points. Back 'em up with authoritative quotes from books, mags, etc.
   5) Add lightheartedness or humor to balance things out. 
   6) Memorize your opening and last statement, as this will keep you focused on where you are going in your talk. 
   7) The delivery: Have in mind to get their attention! A question perhaps, a shocking fact, a humourous story related to your subject, a prop, etc. 

After a while, you 'll just be able to get up and talk about almost anything if you keep yourself well informed on what interests you. 

ASSEMBLING IT:
    OPENING "Why do people, perhaps you, if you are from out of town, knowingly ingest a poison next to arsenic on the toxicity scale? 
    SPECIFIC PURPOSE On a 3"x5" card jot down your specific purpose at the top – "My purpose in speaking to you tonight is to show the dangers of fluoridating our drinking water." 
    Next, BODY, POINT 1  add a few words here to jog your memory in case you need them – 'reputable scientists', 'aluminum'
    BODY, POINT 2 'developing cell', 'wrinkles', 'poison' 
    BODY, POINT 3 'scientific professionals', 'poor kiddies', 'nutrition'
    CONCLUSION 'check it out', 'I predict', 'be concerned'
    CLOSING STATEMENT which should be memorized, so you always know where you are going: "If fluoride is allowed to be added to our water here, the insidious side of fluoride is sure to bring upon us increased health problems." 

In the case you have to give an impromptu speech, you need instant organization. Whatever the subject, you can use:
Advantage/disadvantage; Problem, cause, solution; Past, present, future; Physical/spiritual – an analogy. And if you have a little time before having to bolt up there to the podium, jot down a few things to fit the speech structure you've chosen.

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