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Ancient Secrets for Better Public Speaking:
Tell Them What You’re Gonna Say

This is the second in a series of five posts about classical techniques of rhetoric used by famed orators such as Socrates, Plato and Cicero. If you missed any in the series, you can find links near the end of this post.

narratioIn my last post, I discussed how to open a presentation … what the classical orators called the exordium. This is where you gain your audience’s sympathy and convince them that you know what you’re talking about.


The next step, or narratio, is where you tell the audience what you are going to tell them in your presentation. In the narratio, you give the audience a brief outline of what you’re going to be telling them in the rest of the speech.

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