Guidelines for the
preparation of a talk: our thoughts interest no one; our will
impulses annoy everyone; only our feelings constitute the
effectiveness of a talk. The thought content must be thoroughly
settled in advance. Verbal formulation of the first and the last
sentences. Our thought preparation affects the will; our enthusiasm
the thinking of the listener.
concerning the threefold order and the development of speech.
Beautiful speaking, correct speaking, and good speaking. Humanism and
pragmatism. The need for developing a true ethics of speaking.
Letting experiences flow
into the composition of the lecture. Only the proletarian has
concepts about the three areas of the social organism.
Pedantic lecturers upset
the listeners' stomachs. Learn lecturing by listening: watch
how others do it, good or bad. Reluctance to speak is the virtue, not
eagerness to hear one's own voice. A debater turns his
opponent's image and word against him. Jokers create too much
acidity in the listeners' stomachs. Words precede deeds.
Lyrical speaking for
spiritual life; dramatic speaking for rights-relationships; epic
speaking for economic conditions. About economic life within the
social organism. The formulation of key sentences. Speech exercises
and speech gymnastics; the effect of coffee and tea upon the speaker;
respect for the audience through proper preparation.
Repetition in varied
formulations helps the listener to comprehend. The use of questions
gives the audience a moment to breathe in. Logical trains of thought
put the audience to sleep. Unusual formulations and word order keep
the listeners attentive. Illustrations and pictures convince and are
remembered. The audience listens with the speech organs. The speaker
must be fully immersed in his topic. He must have thorough knowledge
of the events of the time. The movement for the threefold social
order cannot be separated form anthroposophy.