Our Decatur Speaker

Dr. Gerry Prokopowicz will be speaking with us at the Decatur conference. Besides writing the extremely useful book, “Did Lincoln Own Slaves”, he has a radio program in which he interviews noted authors & scholars regarding the Civil War and of course Mr. Lincoln.

The following is list of authors that have been Gerry on Civil War Talk Radio Companion Website:

Take public speaking tips from Abraham Lincoln (Actor David Selby)

Take public speaking tips from Abraham Lincoln (Actor David Selby)
Shorter is sweeter: “You can look at what a lot of people consider one of the greatest speeches, the Gettysburg Address. . . . Edward Everett [who spoke before Lincoln that day] gave a speech that was two hours long. Lincoln’s lasted three minutes.”
Play nice: “Even in that bitter war, the Civil War, Lincoln had this thing about letting the rebels up easy. . . . We had to be respectful. . . . I think maybe Lincoln felt he could do more with an ounce of encouragement than by knocking people over the head. He had such a strong moral code. . . . Lincoln saw [the Gettysburg Address] as a way to rise above politics.”
No sweat: “Lincoln had a sense of calmness, [even] under the most trying situations — and I can’t think of a more trying time than the Civil War.”
Study the classics: “I think for anyone in public speaking, it’s always great to go back and look at Lincoln’s second inaugural. If you’re in Washington, you can go to the [Lincoln] Memorial and see it.”
Background, check: “Know what you’re going to say and know why you’re saying it. . . . Lincoln didn’t like to speak off the cuff, extemporaneously. He liked to be prepared. We all do. We might like to say that we’re good at improvising, but when you’re talking about important things, it’s better to prepare.”
Don’t try to fake it: “What helped Lincoln so much was his compassion for his fellow man, for his soldiers. So anytime you’re getting up, you want to have a strong belief in what you’re saying. And if you don’t, it’s undoubtedly a mistake to venture into the area.”
Giggles are good: “Don’t be afraid to inject some humor. But only humor injected with a point. . . . [Lincoln] would tell one story after another and make jokes about his appearance.”