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The Four Deal Breakers

There are four reasons I might turn down a speech. And only one is truly problematic.

So here goes.

Money. Write for people who have money. Seems obvious I know. But Ph.D Candidates rarely have any so you don’t want to be helping out on their oral dissertations. Wedding/reception speeches often fall under the same category. The give-away is when the prospective client says “you want how much for a five minute speech?” Not that you can’t get well paid …

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The Tale of Two Cities: Mario Cuomo’s 1984 DNC Speech

In light of the recent passing of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, it is a good time to revisit his 1984 speech to the National Democratic Convention.  The thought of the day was that it would propel him to run for national office.  It was not to be as it did did nothing to get a democratic into the White House that  year.  Ronald Reagan was unstoppable.

Whatever your politics, it was still a great speech delivered over 30 …

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