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Speeches That Shook The World

Anaphora, alliteration, allegory, all these might be found in a great speech, and Speeches That Shook The World is just about that – what makes a good speech? In the BBC piece, Simon Armitage examines some of the most important speeches in 20th and 21st century Britain and looks at the tools the speechwriters and … Continued

Obama’s Assertive Address

As a potential resolution to the Syrian situation seems to be emerging, no resolution is actually guaranteed. Obama addressed the nation on the 10th about potential air strikes on Syria. Was his speech effective? Only time will really tell, but was it executed well? Yes it was. Using emotive language but in his typically calm, … Continued

On Hands And Knees – When begging is a good option

In his fantastic book ‘Words That Work’ Dr. Frank Luntz tells us that our manner, or body language, our tone and emphasis, are more important than our actual message.  It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it, the old adage goes, and in this, Luntz is pretty much spot on.  There … Continued

Blah Blah Blah and other things to listen for

Listening.  It sounds easy doesn’t it?  Someone’s speaks, a sound is made, and you can’t do much but hear that sound. We may have to strain to hear, we may not be able to do anything but hear, but it is completely under our control whether what we hear goes into our brains and to … Continued

Genuine vs Inauthentic – The Importance of Connection

I’m going to talk briefly about the differences between being genuine and being inauthentic, and when we are most likely to lean towards one or the other.  In my view being genuine is about being open and honest when appropriate, being unafraid of expressing honest feeling, being self-accepting and self-aware, and being able to be … Continued

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