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View Laura Trice's speech, "Remember to Say Thank you," and respond to the following:
1. Discuss whether or not Trice opens her speech with an effective attention-grabber.
2. What is Trice's thesis (main point or "message")?
3. List some of Trice's main points as well as the details/examples she uses as support.
4. Is Trice's conclusion effective? Explain why or why not.
5. Discuss the "takeaway" in this speech. Were there any memorable lines or moments? What "message" might you take and use in everyday life?

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1. Discuss whether Trice opens her speech with an effective attention-grabber.

Laura opens up her speech by talking about the important of gratitude - which seems very generic and formal. However, she then goes on to talk about her personal experience of being shy to say "thank you" whenever someone did something for her.

You can discuss how Laura's personal reference in the very beginning about her shyness or her work experience at a rehab facility where people were facing life/death situations, is effective in gauging the audience's attention. One interesting thing she mentions is, "sometimes it comes down to something as simple as, their core wound is their father died without ever saying he's proud of them. Then, they hear from all the family and friends that the father told everybody else that he was proud of him, but he never told the son. It's because he didn't know that his son needed to hear it." - I'd say this is an effective attention-grabber at the beginning.

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2. What is Trice's thesis (main point or "message")?

As Laura says, "So my question is, why don't we ask for the things that we need?"

Later on she states, "So, the question is, why was I blocking it? Why were other people blocking it?"

It is evident that her main ...

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