Dr Arminio has always had a passion for oratory.* He gave his first, formal speech at the age of 17 and addressed the entire high school that he then attended. The speech, which drew a parallel between the decline of Rome and that of America, sparked no little discussion among his peers, some of it heated! Yet it would not be until years later that our instructor would discover the coveted key to oratory, moreover, to all argumentation. A precious, albeit dusty, book--Persuasive Speech--authored by the Jesuit Francis Patrick Donnelly and published in 1931, alas long out of print, laid out the stupendous field of Classical Rhetoric. Here were eternal principles of oratory, first taught in ancient Greece and Rome and handed down through the centuries. Lincoln, for instance, made great use of Classical Rhetoric.** Would that American schools had not diluted the teaching of this critical subject.
American University, in Washington, DC, afforded Dr Arminio his first opportunity to teach Classical Rhetoric and Oratory in general. Not strictly an academic, however, he has given a great many speeches, some in England, most in the United States. A range of settings, including in the national security, think-tank realm, as a newspaper publisher and journalist, as a business development manager and while standing for Congress, in the 2008 Maryland primary, have seen him hold forth.
It is one thing to use someone else's instruction material. It is another thing to craft and use your own. How To Dissect A Speech And Craft A Persuasive One--Dr Arminio's first E-Book--and third book overall--appeared in the spring of 2012. This manual actually can be applied to argumentation of any kind, spoken or written. The rhetoric teaching experience of Joseph Arminio spans high school, college, young professional and business.
* Joseph Arminio earned the B.A. in Political Science and completed the equivalent in Mathematics, at Johns Hopkins University. MIT awarded him the Doctorate in Political Science (with concentrations in national defense policy and international relations).
** Abraham Lincoln, in his log cabin days, studied four subjects,
namely, History, Etiquette, the Scriptures--and Classical Rhetoric.