150 years ago this week, Abraham Lincoln gave “dedicatory remarks” at Gettysburg, Pennysylvania to consecrate the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, four months after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Considered perhaps the most important speech in U.S. history, the president’s remarks contained –
- 272 words,
- 10 sentences,
- and lasted less than 3 minutes.
Earlier, Edward Everett had offered the main speech of the day — the Gettysburg Oration — which contained over 13,000 words. His speech lasted more than 2 hours.
Guess which speech we remember?
Did you hear any news this week about celebrating the anniversary of the Gettysburg Oration?
When speaking, say it well and keep it brief.
At my college graduation, the commencement speaker told those of us who were going to be ministers, “If you don’t strike oil in 20 minutes, stop boring.”
Lincoln hit the mother lode in 3 minutes, and the oil is still flowing.