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Paying Tribute to an Honoree

They say that actions speak more than words. It only follows that if you want to judge a man's character, you look at more than what he says; you look at what he does. Dr. Mark Allen knew that to make a new pediatrics intensive care facility a reality, it would take more than words, so he personally took action. He knew that sitting around complaining about the hospital's lack of resources, or repeatedly making demands of the board of directors would not be enough to bring that new facility to fruition. So, he personally raised the funds to make it happen. Today, we honor Dr. Mark Allen for those tireless efforts. But we also pay tribute to him for much more. We pay tribute to the fine doctor, colleague, and friend he has shown himself to be time and time again, through his words and his actions.

Do you want to know what kind of a person Mark Allen is? I'll tell you a story that will show you what kind of a person he is. When I was a young pediatrics intern at this hospital many years ago, Dr. Allen was the first resident I was assigned to. On my very first day of work, I had a fender-bender on the way to the hospital and, as a result, showed up more than thirty minutes late. Having heard all kinds of nightmarish stories about how the residents could come down on the interns for the slightest of infractions, I came to the hospital prepared to be seriously chewed out. Instead, Dr. Allen, hearing about the accident, expressed genuine concern about how I was. Then he called his mechanic and arranged to have my car picked up and repaired. But he did more than that. At the end of the shift, he drove me home. And he picked me up the next day, and drove me home the next night. He drove me back and forth to work every day until my car was fixed.

Now that I've gotten to know him much better, I realize that his kind treatment of me that day is typical of his interactions with all

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Table of contents

  • The Everything® Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Top Ten Reasons You Want to Speak Better in Public x
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 - Overcoming Fear 1
  • Chapter 2 - The Psychology of Fear 11
  • Chapter 3 - The Informative Speech 23
  • Chapter 4 - Eloquent Sources 35
  • Chapter 5 - Refining Touches 49
  • Chapter 6 - You're Only Joking 59
  • Chapter 7 - Managing the Audience 73
  • Chapter 8 - Visual and Audio Aids 83
  • Chapter 9 - It's Debatable 97
  • Chapter 10 - Taking Care of Business 111
  • Chapter 11 - Media Interviews: Preparation 127
  • Chapter 12 - Media Interviews: Showtime 137
  • Chapter 13 - Becoming a Pro: Getting Started 149
  • Chapter 14 - Becoming a Pro: the Big Time 163
  • Appendix A - Sample Persuasion Speech 177
  • Appendix B - Sample Internal Marketing Speech 187
  • Appendix C - Sample Speeches for Almost Every Occasion 199
  • Boosting Morale 201
  • New Business Pitch 204
  • Presenting an Award 206
  • Receiving an Award 208
  • Honoring a Retiring Employee 210
  • Address to Stockholders 212
  • Analyzing a Problem/Proposing a Solution 214
  • Dedicating a New Facility 217
  • Giving a Demonstration 218
  • Running a Meeting 221
  • Giving a Wedding Toast 223
  • Welcome to Company Outing 225
  • Press Conference Announcement 226
  • Welcoming a New Employee 227
  • Farewell to a Departing Employee 229
  • Paying Tribute to an Honoree 231
  • Introducing a Guest Speaker 233
  • Welcome to Convention/Conference 235
  • Index 237
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