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Chapter Eleven. Get Personal > What makes a suitable anecdote?

What makes a suitable anecdote?

In deciding what makes a good anecdote for a speech, I apply five criteria:

  1. It must be true, or at least perceived to be true.

  2. It must give insight into the nature of the subject, the speaker, or the event.

  3. It must be interesting or amusing.

  4. It must be simple enough for the audience to grasp easily.

  5. It must illustrate, support, or lead to a point that the speaker has made or wants to make.


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