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Chapter 22. All the World's a Stage: Wri... > Life of the Party: Speeches That Ent... - Pg. 257

All the World's a Stage: Writing Speeches 257 When you write a speech that entertains, always start by assessing your audience. You know that audience analysis is a crucial component in every writing situation, but it's especially vital when you're writing an entertaining speech because here, your listeners are gathered to have a good time. They don't have to stay to gather information or to listen to your viewpoint (so they can later rebut it). As a result, always start by thinking how you can make sure the audience gets what they came for. Consider their likes and dislikes and their level of sophistication. Author! Author! President Woodrow Wilson's Declaration of War Against Germany speech (1917) contains the famous line: "The world must be made safe for democracy." The speech is also remarkable for Wilson's insistence that "we have no quarrel with the German people ... We fight without rancor and without selfish object." Such selfres- traint and Wilson's promise that victory would result in "a universal dominion of right" helped win liberal support for the war effort. Come on Baby, Let the Good Times Roll After you complete your audience analysis, select a central theme, just as you did with informative