Joseph Smith as Public Speaker

Joseph Smith as Public Speaker This essay presents a historical context and critique of Joseph Smith as public speaker and rhetorician. Smith’s “King Follett Discourse” is used as a case in point. It was discovered that Joseph Smith did not fit the generally accepted mold for effective orators of his day but was still able to persuade many who heard him speak. Joseph Smith’s speaking style, preparation practices, and organizational methods are detailed.

Richard N. Armstrong