The Everything Public Speaking Book: Delivering a Winning Presentation Every Time!

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APPENDIX
A Sample Persuasion Speech

Time Flies Whether You Want It to or Not
by Jeff Davidson

Jeff Davidson, MBA, the author of The Complete Guide to Public Speaking, is a work/life balance expert (www.BreathingSpace.com). This is a great example of a persuasion speech—it would be hard to disagree with him by the time he is finished. This 2,879-word talk takes at least thirty-five minutes to present, he says. That is a rather slow pace because this is filled with information that needs to be digested slowly and each argument builds carefully on the last one. The speech is particularly notable because of its use of many questions and startling statistics. But Davidson also relies on lists, tips, and quotations to reinforce his points.

Have you ever considered how much time you have in your whole life, and how much time you've spent on various activities? Suppose you graduated from college at the age of 22, and in the course of your life expect to work about 48 years, bringing you to age 70. Over those 48 years, how much time would you guess you've spent on routine activities such as working, sleeping, watching television, recreating, eating, and commuting?

Here's the typical breakdown, based on various demographic studies and my own calculations:

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