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Part: 4 Take It On Home: Tackling Specific Kinds of Speeches - Pg. 162

162 Part 4. Take It On Home: Tackling Specific Kinds of Speeches Ever see a Marx brothers movie, such as A Night at the Opera or A Day at the Races? If you've ever seen one of these classic flicks, you know that Groucho was the brother with the big mustache and the bigger cigar, Chico was the brother with the outrageous Italian accent, and Harpo was the curly-haired brother who played the harp and spoke by honking a horn. No one ever heard his voice on film. As a result, people assumed that he couldn't speak. Years after the Marx brothers stopped making movies, Harpo would occasionally host charity func- tions. His standard opening line was to step onto the stage, sidle to the microphone, and say, "Un- accustomed as I am to speaking in public...." This section of the book shows you how to craft speeches that work so that you won't shock people with your eloquence.