Dr Joe has always had a passion for oratory. In 1972, he have his first formal address, warning of national moral decline in the wake of Vietnam. Yet he did not discover the coveted key to oratory, moreover, to all argumentation, until years later. In 1988, he came across a precious, albeit dusty, book--Persuasive Speech--by Francis Patrick Donnelly. Published in 1931 and long out of print, this book would open to Dr Joe the stupendous field of Classical Rhetoric, that is, eternal principles of oratory, first taught in ancient Greece and Rome, and handed down through the centuries, although severely diluted of late in American schools. Lincoln, for instance, made great use of Classical Rhetoric.*
Dr Arminio went on to teach Classical Rhetoric and Oratory in general, among other subjects, at American University, in Washington, DC.** He had given a number of speeches, some even in England, before coming upon the aforementioned Persuasive Speech. After this important discovery, he found the crafting of speeches so much easier. He has given a great many speeches in a range of settings, 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.
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 Joe'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.
* Abraham Lincoln, in his log cabin days, studied four subjects, namely, History, Etiquette, the Scriptures--and Classical Rhetoric.
** Joe 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).