Unexpected Uses of Food: Thinking About How You Eat Can Make You a Better Speaker

You want to learn how to make a good presentation?

Who better than Cicero himself could teach you?

Here is the recipe of Chef Cicero, the master of Rhetoric in Ancient Rome:

Serves a small meeting as well as a thousand people conference. Adapt the length of the cooking to the length of the speech. Now and then, stir the pot. Adapt the cooking temperature and seasoning (delivery, especially) to the type of audience and the result expected…

First find the ingredients  

  • Fresh and juicy Arguments
  • Piquant and sharp Counter-arguments
  • Toothsome Ideas
  • Scrumptious Examples
  • Sweet Anecdotes
  • Spicy Stories
  • Mouth watering Savory metaphors
  • Peppery Data
  • Gustatory Images

I found this appetizing piece on Marion Chapsal’s blog via a post in which Kathy Rieffenstein suggests blogs you shouldn’t miss. Maybe this isn’t such a novel idea, though. I was also struck by a piece on Lifehacker recently which suggested structuring meetings like dinner parties for good results.

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