Rhetorical Device for Great Public Speaking

In this post, taken from my #1 bestselling book “How to OWN the Room“, you will discover a great rhetorical device for public speaking.

Anaphora + Rule of Three

Rhetorical Devices for Public SpeakingAnaphora is a literary device which refers to repeating the same word (or phrase) at the beginning of successive sentences.

For example, in one of his speeches, professional speaker Douglas Kruger says:

He drank.

He drank until he lost everything.

He drank until his children were taken away.”

The repetition of the words “he drank” conveys just how serious the problem was. Notice that Douglas combines anaphora with the rule of three (having three sentences) to make this a powerful section in his speech.

Here are some other examples of anaphora (combined with the Rule of Three):

I came, I saw, I conquered.”

—    Julius Caesar

“My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die.
It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months.
It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family.
It means to say your goodbyes.”

—    Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech, June 12, 2005:

“For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.”

—    Barack ObamaInaugural Address, January 20, 2009

To add some spice to your next presentation, consider combining the Rule of Three with Anapora

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