Most speeches are like a hot dog that could have come from any of a thousand food courts in as many malls. There is an opening and closing (two pieces of bun), and a body (the undistinguished meat in the middle). Perhaps there is a tiny bit added of color and flavor (the stripe of yellow mustard). Otherwise there is absolutely nothing to make it exceptional. You probably forgot about it just a few minutes afterwards.
A great speech has a lot more. The extra ingredients make it clear it could only come from one individual: YOU. A great speech is like a
Unlike a plain hot dog, that sandwich has been “dragged through the garden.” It has a wonderful variety of tastes, textures, and colors. Typically the following ingredients are assembled:
Poppy-seed bun (steamed).
Kosher hot dog (typically
Stripe of yellow mustard.
Dollop of kryptonite green relish or piccalilli.
Spoonful of chopped onions (white, or maybe red).
Dill pickle wedge.
Pair of red, ripe tomato wedges.
Couple of sport peppers (I usually skip these).
Sprinkling of celery salt (the final magical touch).
Think about what you can add to make your speech individual and memorable.
Exactly what should be in a
I lived in Chicagoland once for a couple of years. Their hot dogs (particularly Superdawg) are a pleasant memory of the
Other cities have their own variations on hot dogs. If you’re reading this in