Chapter 18: Speaking to Entertain

The Nature of Entertainment

A man entertaining a crowd on the street

Alan Bell – Entertaining – CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Often the speaking opportunities life brings our way have nothing to do specifically with informing or persuading an audience; instead, we are asked to speak to entertain. Whether you are standing up to give an award speech or a toast, knowing how to deliver speeches in a variety of different contexts is the nature of entertaining speaking. In this chapter, we are going to explore what entertaining speeches are; we will also examine two specific types of entertaining speeches: special-occasion speeches and keynote speeches.

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