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    Monday
    Nov022015

    What's a "Period"? It Comes from the Breath of the Gods

    I recently gave a keynote speech at the European Speechwriters Conference in Berlin. The subject had to do with a concept I’ve been noodling over for many years: the rhetorical period. I shared a discovery I made some time ago: that the climaxes of great speeches in movies and politics last 12 seconds.

    Here’s a short version of what I said.

     

     

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