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Communication is the thread that binds our society together. Effective communicators are able to use the thread (communication skills) to shape the future. To be an effective communicator, one must know how to put words together that communicate thoughts, ideas, and feelings. These thoughts, ideas, and feelings are then expressed in writing or delivered orally. Some individuals are immortalized because of their ability to put words together. A few examples of those who have been immortalized are Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill. Consider the impact of their messages.
Patrick Henry
Words will move people to action. Patrick Henry’s words were a moving force behind one of the sparks that ignited the Revolutionary War in 1775. The impact of that revolution is well known to all Americans. Many Americans are familiar with his speech to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. The most familiar part of his speech is “ I know not what course or give me death!” (North American Biographies, 1994,92)
Nathan Hale
Words show an individual’s commitment and can be very inspirational. Nathan Hale (Ubbelohde, 1993, 710) needed only these 14 words to show his commitment to his cause: “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” These words are committed to memory by many and are still inspiring.
Abraham Lincoln
One of the most famous speeches ever delivered was Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Kane (1989,100) refers to the speech as an immortal address. It is debatable as to whether the opening lines “ Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” or the closing lines “… and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth” are most familiar to Americans.
Winston Churchill
Another speech of signific

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