Logos Pathos Ethos, September 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Over the summer, two major European figures passed away: Helmut Kohl and Simone Veil. Their lives inspired eulogies that stand out as they provide an opportunity to stand back and reflect on what ultimately matters, celebrate values and achievements, and share a vision of what unites us. Little surprise that several quotes in this selection come from these epideictic speeches.

Our shared interest for great speeches has found an unusual space on TV this summer. The European TV channel Arte has a special series on great speeches, available en français : Les grands discours und natürlich auch auf Deutsch: Grosse Reden.

You will find more quotes, tips and books on: logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle


Vision

The history of her life is the history of our continent, the history of a continent torn apart, lost, which experienced the worst atrocities of which humanity is capable, but which, like her, found the strength to rise up again, to rebuild itself and to be reborn.

In her inaugural speech, which she gave on 17 July 1979, she showed that she grasped the true nature of the responsibility on her shoulders.

This is what she said:  ‘For this is the first time in history, a history in which we have so frequently been divided, pitted one against the other, bent on mutual destruction, that the people of Europe have together elected their delegates to a common assembly . Let there be no doubt, these elections form a milestone on the path of Europe, the most important since the signing of the Treaties’.

In a 23-minute speech, she set out, with exceptional clear-sightedness, a vision for the development of our Parliament over the next 40 years. 

I urge you to read the speech, if you have not already done so, because it seems to me to be remarkably topical. You will find in it enthusiasm, hopes, expectations, the ambitions of a whole generation of men and women who sat on these benches before us and who we should all take as our inspiration.

Read the speech (available in 20 languages): Antonio Tajani, Formal European Parliament ceremony in honour of Simone Veil, 4 July 2017

As the President of the European Parliament urges us to read Simone Veil’s inaugural speech, you can read here the original in French, and here in EnglishYou can also watch her delivering this speech.

 

The power of the ‘Why’ question

I ask you to think about something not in my notes. I was looking around this crowd today, and all of us who used to be in office, all of us who came. Why ?

Because Helmut Kohn gave us the chance to be involved in something bigger than ourselves, bigger than our terms of office, bigger than our fleeting careers, because all of us, sooner or later, will be in a coffin like that.

Watch the speech: Bill Clinton, Personal farewell to Helmut Kohl, 1 July 2017

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Logos Pathos Ethos, July-August 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Summer is coming: a heat wave has affected Brussels and several places in Europe over the last few days, giving climate change a very direct and tangible feel. You will find a major plea on climate action in the speech UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivered just before the US presidency would announce their decision on the Paris Agreement.

Summer is coming, and so are a few positive events and trends in Europe. They echo in a lighter touch in some of the European speeches. Imagine … John Lennon quoted in the European Council …

Summer is coming, and hopefully for many of you, time for a break, time to read, time to get inspired. If you read French, savourez Trop de fleurs, délicieux petit discours dans lequel Jules Verne nous parle de ce qui nous anime, l’écriture de discours: léger et drôle, un régal de rhétorique au meilleur sens du terme.

Some more examples in our monthly selection of quotes on: logospathosethos.eu

This newsletter will resume after the summer. 

Isabelle


The music makes it memorable

Climate change is undeniable.

Climate action is unstoppable.

And climate solutions provide opportunities that are unmatchable.

Read the full speech here: António Guterres, on Climate action, 30 May 2017

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Logos Pathos Ethos, June 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

What do you remember from President elect Emmanuel Macron’s victory speech at Le Louvre, on 7 May?

I run a quick and informal poll among a few dozens people. Everyone mentioned the European anthem played as the newly elected French President walked to the podium.

And the quote most people remembered was:

« Tout le monde nous disait que c’était impossible, mais ils ne connaissaient pas la France ! » (Everyone told us it was impossible, but they did not know France). Read the full speech here: Emmanuel Macron, Victory speech, Carrousel du Louvre, 7 May 2017

For our next speech: what do we want the audience to remember?

Some more examples in our monthly selection of quotes on: logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle

 

The illiteracy of the modern world is not the incapacity to read or write. 

The illiteracy of the modern world is the incapacity to critical thinking. 

Read the full speech here: Frans Timmermans, Speech at Gazeta Wyborcza in Warsaw, 19 May 2017


My request to you is : how far will you go? What is the next thing? Burning books on the square in front of the Hungarian Parliament ?

Watch the full speech here : Guy Verhofstadt, Debate in the European Parliament on the situation in Hungary, 26 April 2017

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Logos Pathos Ethos, May 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Suspense had been at its height over the last few weeks.

From all the candidates, who would be selected?

Which speech would have the strongest impact and qualify its author for the final round?

At last, we now know who ‘exemplifies excellence in modern oral rhetoric’: the Cicero Awards were attributed and it is a real pleasure to introduce you to the Grand Award winner: find out how to combine stories that keep the audience with the speaker and build his credibility on a difficult issue; humour that triggers laughters and language that is vivid and visual; and a structure that progressively, in a subtle, yet effective way, leads to a strong call for action. 

In other words, logos, pathos, ethos at its best.

This speech, the other laureates, and our monthly selection are on http://www.logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle

Simplicity:

It bothers me that declaring a simple truth is somehow so controversial. I mean, I get it. I understand why it’s controversial (...)

I can say from experience, it’s hard to get a diversity of ideas from a room full of old, white, straight, cisgender men, who all look like me and who have similar life experiences.

Read the full speech here: James Clapper, Why black lives matter to US intelligence, 4 November 2016

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Logos Pathos Ethos, April 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

This past month was marked by two important events: on the one hand, for all of us caring for Europe, the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome; and on the other hand, for all of us speech-fans and -friends, the selection of the best speeches for the Cicero Awards.

I have prepared this new selection, looking eagerly for how speakers (and their speechwriters) would combine the best of their art and technique to move audiences. Reading the speeches delivered by the European leaders, I have found here and there some good, unexpected, moving lines: you will find them in this selection.

But I have also read some pieces that combine all the these qualities – and many more – in a single speech : these were among the finalists of the Cicero Awards. I had the privilege to read them as a member of the panel for this international competition.

It is as is should be: that the speeches that make it to this final selection ‘exemplify excellence in modern oral rhetoric’.

It is also a source of inspiration and stimulation for all of us if we want the speeches on Europe to match the greatness of this project launched 60 years ago.

To help you in this challenge, a springboard to your skills, network and motivation is the Professional Speechwriters Association’s 2017 World Conference in Washington DC next October. There is even a special discount for you with the code: "LogosPathosEthos".

In the meantime, enjoy the monthly selection on www.logospathosethos.eu 

Isabelle

 

The great potential of the commemorative speeches

Now is the perfect time to recall (Alcide De Gasperi’s) famous words: "The future will not be built through force, nor the desire to conquer, but by the patient application of the democratic method, the constructive spirit of agreement and by respect for freedom." Perhaps these words are not dramatic enough in the age of politics by Twitter. But I still appreciate their truth and power. I still believe they are enough to guide us from here.

Read the full speech here: Donald Tusk, To speakers of EU Parliaments, 17 March 2017

I have to tell you, for those of you who don't know, Max van der Stoel was my political father. I worked with him for many years, when he was High Commissioner on National Minorities we travelled together to all parts of Europe for many years and he taught me everything. Sometimes a person can be lucky enough as I was to be allowed, by a giant, to stand on his shoulders.

Read the full speech here: Frans Timmermans, Prague, 10 March 2017

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Logos Pathos Ethos, March 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

The best speeches delivered this last month illustrate the power of contrast and antithesis. Antithesis is one of the most popular means of being quotable. It succeeds because such contrast allows you, among other things, to urge one course of action and reject another(…). It makes what (the speaker) accepts and rejects clear and easy to remember’, writes Robert Lehrman in The Political Speechwriter's Companion

Use it, but wisely, as one of the European leaders addressing the Members of the European Parliament reminds us.

For those of us who understand French, voici le lien vers une émission de radio consacrée à la rhétorique politique des présidents, de la troisième république à Barack Obama.

Find out our monthly selection on www.logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle

L’Europe n'est pas une évidence. L'Europe fut et l'Europe restera un choix.

Europe is not self-evident. Europe has always been and will always be a choice.

Read the full speech here: Jean-Claude Juncker, L'Europe aujourd'hui et demain, 23 February 2017

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Logos Pathos Ethos, February 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Among all the speeches we come across, why do we sometimes decide to forward one to our friends?

What does it take for a speech to go go viral?

What does it take for a speech to have us, speech-fans and –friends, send it to our loved ones because we think it will lift their spirits?

January 2017 offered a few such examples :

First came Mery Streep 2017 Golden Globes speech that many of you forwarded.

Then another speech got attention for "words which were surprising, honest, bold and deep. (The speaker) used language which won over many sceptics. Newspapers were now printing statements by (sceptics) expressing respect for the (speaker) and taking back their earlier objections. We know that this doesn't often happen. This is one of the reasons why we consider (this) speech extraordinary and historic".

Last but not least, a third speech inspired many of you in Europe, who shared it with their colleagues and friends and drew my attention to it.

Find out which speeches they are and some other good quotes in our monthly selection on www.logospathosethos.eu

And keep forwarding your favourite speeches.

Isabelle

Overcoming fear

(English below)

Als ich als 11-Jähriger im Hallenbad das erste Mal auf dem Dreimeterbrett stand, hat mir das keine Freude bereitet. Doch ein Kind, das das erste Mal da steht, weiß, wenn es sich weiterentwickeln möchte, muss es springen. Es weiß, es muss springen. Aber es weiß nicht, wie sich der Sprung anfühlt und wie es genau nach dem Sprung weitergehen wird. Und doch, in den meisten Fällen, wagt es den Schritt nach vorne. Ich habe es damals auch gewagt. Und auch den Sprung vom Fünfmeterbrett.

Warum?

Weil die Zuversicht stärker ist als der Zweifel… Ich appelliere heute an Ihre Zuversicht!

As an 11year-old boy at the indoor swimming pool, standing on the three-metre diving board for the first time did not make me happy. But children standing there for the first time know they have to jump if they want to make progress. They know they have to jump. But they don’t know what this jump will feel like and what exactly will happen after the jump. And yet, in most cases, they dare to take this step forward. I also did it back then. And I also jumped off the five-metre diving board  

Why?

Because confidence is stronger than doubt… Today I call upon your confidence!

Read the full speech here (English is below the German text): President Alexander Van der Bellen, Inauguration speech, 26 January 2017

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Logos Pathos Ethos, January 2017

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Peace.

Peace is the recurring theme in this month’s selection of quotes and speeches.

Peace for places as diverse as Aleppo, Columbia, Germany, Pearl Harbor.

Peace as the most precious lesson past and current leaders urge us to embrace.

And peace as my best wish to you, readers of this newsletter, as we start a new year. To you, from Australia to Arizona, who read these lines : peace.

 

I also recommend two webpages:

- The outgoing White House administration reminds us that ‘behind (President Obama’s) words is a group of speechwriters who have worked closely with the President to craft important messages to the American people. It’s meant countless drafts and rewrites, late nights, and last-minute edits from the motorcade. As his time in office comes to a close, the President’s speechwriterspast and presenttook a look back at eight years of remarks to share some of the words, speeches, and memories that stand out to them.

Take a look at a few of the President’s top speeches as chosen by his speechwriters’.

- Nancy Duarte, whose books we strongly recommend in our Bibliography, has designed, together with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an insightful test to help speakers with fear of public speaking, available on the Harvard Business Review website. Answering some 24 questions provides guidance on one’s strengths and where to focus to improve and ultimately feel … at peace when taking the floor.

You’ll find the full latest selection of quotes and speeches on http://www.logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle

 

Allow me to tell you, from my own experience, that it is much harder to make peace than to wage war.

Read the full speech here: Nobel Lecture by Juan Manuel Santos, Peace in Columbia: from the impossible to the possible, 10 December 2016.

Peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.

Read the full speech here: Martin Luther King's Acceptance Speech, on the occasion of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, 10 December 1964

I hope that together, we send a message to the world that there is more to be won in peace than in war; that reconciliation carries more rewards than retribution.

Read the full speech here: Barack Obama, Remarks at Pearl Harbor, 28 December 2016

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Logos Pathos Ethos, December 2016

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

 

End of September, I was invited to speak at the Professional Speechwriters Association World Conference on ‘Speeches and Speechwriting in Europe in 2016’. To prepare this talk, I looked for trends that would both refer to Europe and be relevant for an international audience. I soon identified one leading trend, only emerging yet obvious, and already the strongest. I spoke about this new word capturing this new phenomenon : the ‘post-truth’ - or ‘post-fact’ - era of speeches and democracy.

From hardly used before, it is suddenly everywhere now, from titles to articles to conferences.

Little did I know then that the Oxford Dictionary would select it as the 2016 International Word of the Year.

It’s a real concern for our democracies, and an additional challenge for speakers and speechwriters. All the more reason to have a look at the speeches that matter on the European stage today.

You’ll find the latest selection of quotes and speeches on http://www.logospathosethos.eu

Isabelle

 

Commemorating : the great potential of epideictic speeches

We all know that we are living in a historic time, and that our actions will have effects for generations to come. But we can't know exactly what effect we will have. All we can do is to trust in our values, and have the courage to act on them.

Read the full speech here: Margrethe Vestager, Luther and the modern world, 14 November 2016

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, November 2016

Dear speech-fans and friends,

On the eve of the presidential election in the United States, our attention might be taken away from Europe. Little surprise that First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech that made it to the frontpages worldwide and was already suggested as speech of the year by Vital speeches appears in this selection.

But our focus remains to shine a spotlight on the speeches that matter to Europe : this month, the best lines are to be found in some of our leaders’ confessions.

They give us food for thought and share valuable lessons for these difficult times:

‘It is an iron law that those who will be caught up in the great movements determining the course of their times always fail to recognise them in their early stages’, wrote Stefan Zweig in The world of yesterday : memoirs of a European, quoted by President of the European Council Donald Tusk, 20th anniversary of the European Policy Centre, 13 October 2016.

Isabelle

 

Confessions of a leader

When I gave my first policy statement ten years ago, as Prime Minister of Poland, I spoke for nearly three hours. One of the commentators correctly observed that had my speech been as wise as it was long, it would have been one of the best in Polish history.

Read the full speech here: Donald Tusk, 20th anniversary of the European Policy Centre, 13 October 2016

 

Je laisse maintenant mon discours, que des mains inspirées ont rédigé, mais en regardant la salle, je crois que je vais vous parler d'une autre façon.

Read the full speech here: Jean-Claude Juncker, Remise du prix de l'engagement européen, 6 octobre 2016

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Logos Pathos Ethos, October 2016

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Just back from the World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association in Washington DC.

Even posting the dozens of pages of notes and documents I bring back could not match what you get by participating: next to high-level expertise and the most up-to-date insight on speeches, it’s meeting and networking with professionals from all over the world; it’s experiencing the power of speeches from talented colleagues; it’s the motivation to become better professionals.

The conference this year ranged from how the political brain works to what wit adds to speeches and speakers, to reflections on the profession of speechwriter – from the making of the State of the Union to what singing and speechwriting have in common. Let us know what you want to explore and we’ll find a way to share this.

You will find the latest selection of quotes and speeches on logospathosethos.eu.

Isabelle

 

Variations on the power of antithesis

I am convinced that the worst day of European integration is better than the best day of nationalistic Europe.

Read the full speech here : Martin Schulz, The EU and the UK, parting ways but working together, 23 September 2016

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Logos Pathos Ethos, September 2016

Dear speech-fans and -friends, 

Logos, pathos, ethos is back with its summer harvest.

With major elections coming up, several speeches ask what kind of rhetoric we need.

Also in this newsletter, some epideictic speeches - as examples of how commemorating an anniversary can serve as a springboard - and a selection on the beauties of multilingualism. Find more on logospathosethos.eu.

To help you ‘ignite change through speeches, stories, ceremonies and symbols’, the Bibliography section reviews Nancy Duarte’s 2016 book : ‘Illuminate’, together with other useful titles. More under : logospathosethos.eu/bibliography

In just four weeks, speechwriters from all over the world will meet at the Professional Speechwriters Association World Conference. Let us know if you go so that we can meet there – you can still register.

Isabelle


What kind of rhetoric do we need? 

The current lack of public and political engagement in fact-based decision-making even has people asking, have we have entered a "post-factual" era of democracy? One in which the public identifies with populist rhetoric and decisions are made based on fears and assumptions, because people feel science and politics have left them behind.

Read the full speech here : Carlos Moedas, Europe's voyage towards an open global research area, EuroScience Open Forum, 25 July 2016

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Logos Pathos Ethos, July 2016

Dear speech-fans and -friends,


Different speakers, different audiences, different events, yet the same quote :

A politician is a man who thinks of the next election, while a statesman thinks of the next generation.

Together with its relevance for us today, this makes it our quote of the month.

If you want to find out who used it, read this month selection of quotes.

 

European speeches in June have dealt with – obvioulsy - the referendum in United Kingdom, but also history, Asterix and football.

 

You might also want to meet and learn from Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama’s speechwriter – special thanks to Vital speeches for spotting this Washington Post article.

 

Logos, pathos, ethos will be back after the summer.

Have a fruitful break.

 

Isabelle

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Logos Pathos Ethos, June 2016

Dear Speech-fans and -friends,

Why does the art of speeches matter so much?

Speechwriter Simon Lancaster explains it quite well in his Ted talk: (watch:) Speak like a leader. It is becoming viral within the speechwriting community and for good reason.

This month harvest of speeches illustrates his point, by revealing once again the great potential of remembrance speeches, in Hiroshima, Verdun, or on Europe Day.

If you understand French, (écoutez:) La parole comme une arme: l'éloquence en politique. Cette émission radiophonique d’une heure est consacrée à l’éloquence de la politique française mais ses conclusions valent bien au-delà de l’hexagone. 

Enjoy this selection,

Isabelle

The point I’m making here is very serious : The reason we all used to learn rhetoric at school was because it was seen as a basic entry point to society. How could society be fair unless everyone had equal ability to articulate and express themselves ? Without it, your legal systems, your political systems, your financial sytems are not fair. It should be of intense concern to all of us that education in this has been narrowed to a very small and powerful elite (…)

Let’s revive rhetoric, let’s really reinvigorate debates around the world and let’s really give every child on the planet to become a leader.  What should we call this grand initiative ? Well here’s an idea. How about : democracy ?

(Full speech:) Simon Lancaster, Speak like a leader, April 2016 

Commemorating Europe Day

What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom?

What has happened to you, Europe, the home of poets, philosophers, artists, musicians, and men and women of letters?

What has happened to you, Europe, the mother of peoples and nations, the mother of great men and women who upheld, and even sacrificed their lives for, the dignity of their brothers and sisters?

(Full speech:) Pope Francis, Conferral of the Charlemagne Prize, 6 May 2016 (also available in Arabic, German, French, Italian, Polish, and Portuguese)

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Logos Pathos Ethos, May 2016

Dear speech-fans and -friends

As we celebrate Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death

Look at Shakespeare: what are the great moments of his work? The sword fights?

No, the speeches,

when someone steps downstage and says, let me tell you what it is, let me tell you what it could be, lend me your ears.

The speeches, and the balcony scene. Those are the parts we remember.

Done right, a good speech can change the world. (…)


Here’s a secret a speechwriter can never forget: people don’t care that much about strategy, or sales goals or market share. They may say they do, but that’s not it.

They want to be inspired. They want to be part of something meaningful and big. And our job is to show them what that feels like.

Every speech is a hero’s journey. But the hero isn’t the speaker up on the stage.

No, no, no.

In our theater, the hero is the man or woman out there in the audience looking for something that will (…) finally let them become the person they long be.

Dain Dunston, The Downside of Up: The Outrageous Fortune of Being a Speechwriter, 2016 Cicero Speechwriting Grand Award, delivered at the 2015 World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association

 

Want more speeches ? Read this monthly selection and the best of the 2016 Cicero Speechwriting Awards.

Want more inspiration ? Join the 2016 World Conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association. PSA offers a special 15% discount to Logos, Pathos, Ethos readers with the code LPE15.

Enjoy this selection,

Isabelle


Perhaps you need an outsider, somebody who is not European, to remind you of the magnitude of what you have achieved. 

President Obama, Address to the People of Europe, Hannover, Germany, 25 April 2016

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, April 2016

Dear speech-fans and -friends,

Most of the speeches this month have a common theme:

From H-D Gensher’s most famous quotation that we recall as he just passed away,

to European current affairs,

to forward-looking speeches delivered in places of former divisions, in Cyprus and between the United States and Cuba,

to George Clooney’s reminder of how to deal with giant numbers.

This common theme is refugees.

This selection is completed by Al Gore’s Case for optimism and shines a spotligh on some of the best rhetorical devices,

and a few lines from Imre Kertész’s Nobel Lecture Eureka - on the occasion of his passing away on 31 March 2016 - as an invitation to explore Nobel Lectures.

Looking forward to your comments and reactions, 

Isabelle


Numbers numb.

It’s too much to talk about giant numbers.

It’s actually easy to dismiss giant numbers.

But it’s very hard to dismiss a young child sitting on the ground crying when her mother’s telling the story about how she left.

G. Clooney - of refugee descent (sic) - meeting Syrian refugees, 15 March 2016

 

Former German Foreign affairs Minister H-D Gensher’s most famous quotation

(English below)

Wir sind heute zu Ihnen gekommen, um Ihnen mitzuteilen, dass heute Ihre Ausreise…

We have come to you today, to announce, that today, your leaving the country …

H-D Genscher, to 4500 East-Germans who had sought refuge in the German Embassy in Prague, 30 September 1989

To refresh our memory on this speech: The Guardian

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Logos Pathos Ethos, March 2016

Dear speech-fans and friends,

The art of speeches is an old enough discipline to keep us from believing the challenges we face are totally new to mankind.

Looking back to history, we can find in leaders confronted to dangers and difficulties some wisdom, vision, and inspiration.

And good stories. And good quotes.

This month’s harvest provides a few examples.

Isabelle

 

 

If you read only one speech this month, read this one

by Umberto Eco,

delivered in 2012 when he received the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal.

To decide and recognize what, in a tolerant vision, would remain intolerable for us, is the kind or borderline that Europeans are called to trace every day, with a sense of equity and with the constant exercise of that virtue that, since Aristotle, philosopher called Prudence.

In this philosophical sense, prudence does not mean reluctance to take risks, and does not coincide with cowardice. In the classical sense of phronesis, prudence is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.

Umberto Eco, receiving the Treaties of Nijmegen Medal, 7 May 2012

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, February 2016

Dear speech-fans and friends,

From Holocaust Remembrance Day to the World Economic Forum to the State of the Union in Washington, January calls for great speeches.
Here is your monthly selection of powerful lines and rhetorical tools.

Whether you craft or collect quotations, you may be interested to read more on the power of virtuous quotes in this piece of research published in the January-February 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review.

What will you do on March 15th, for World Speech Day ?

Let’s collect our ideas for the next issue.

Isabelle

 

Build the speaker’s ethos:

Remembrance 1945

As a German born in 1955, I did not live through the darkest times in the history of my country. But the mass murder committed by the Nazis in the name of my nation was the reason I became involved in politics, as I vowed: Never again.

I say this as a German, as a politician and as a father:

We must keep the memory alive.

We must tell our children about the crimes committed in Theresienstadt, in Auschwitz, Birkenau and elsewhere. We must do so for the sake of our children, we must tell them so that their children will tell the next generation.

Remembering hurts, but we must teach our children how this unique crime in human history, these barbaric acts of evil could happen in one of the most modernized societies of that time.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2016

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, January 2016

Dear speech-fans and friends,

The last weeks of 2015 focused on the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris and offered what we like:

logos, pathos, and ethos in many speeches, from President of Kiribati to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon …

and a selection of compelling and memorable stories, including the Conference itself.

May this reading inspire us as we start 2016: Happy New Year! 

Isabelle

 

Mr President, as Chair of this forum, I commend your leadership and your initiative.

H.E. Mr. Anote Tong, President of Kiribati, COP 21 Opening speech, 30 November 2015

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Logos Pathos Ethos, December 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

 

We have never heard so much French spoken by so many in the speeches delivered this last month.

For the worst reason and for the best reason:

The worst reason: because of the horrible events in Paris, of course.

The best reason: because we all know that speaking the audience’s language go straight to their hearts.

Many thanks to all of you, in Europe and beyond, who shared a quote, helped with a translation, or expressed their friendship in French.

Isabelle


Que veulent les terroristes ?
Nous diviser, nous opposer, nous jeter les uns contre les autres.
Je vous l’assure, ils échoueront.
Ils ont le culte de la mort, mais nous, nous, nous avons l’amour, l’amour de la vie.

French President François Hollande, Hommage national aux victimes des attentats du 13 novembre, 27 November 2015

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Logos Pathos Ethos, November 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

 

How to catch the audience’s attention?

Speechwriters’ and speakers’ recurring question.

Our selection this month focuses on refreshing openings, tangible examples, and ceremonial speeches and how they throw light on our challenges today.

 

You may also like to listen to a selection of Nobel Peace Lectures, in French and English, gathered by the radio station France culture in these times between the announcement of the Nobel Prizes (early October) and the Lectures to come (early December).

 

Even better, let’s meet! Our fellow speechwriter Jan Sonneveld – whom I met at the World conference of the Professional Speechwriters Association in Washington earlier this month – will be in town on November 25th. Save your lunchbreak to meet this talented colleague (see his Vital speech: How Speechwriting Changed Me, or his Twitter and Tumblr). A « save-the-date » is following this mail.

 

Enjoy the reading, the listening, and the networking.

Isabelle

 

A selection of refreshing openings:

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Logos Pathos Ethos, October 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

Challenges and how to take up these challenges: this has been the leading theme in European speeches this month.

Little surprise there are several quotes in German this time. No worry: they are so well organised that everything has its translation into English J

Viel Spaß. Enjoy the reading.

Isabelle

 

State of the European Union

Our European Union is not in a good state.

There is not enough Europe in this Union.

And there is not enough Union in this Union.

We have to change this.

And we have to change this now.

President Juncker, State of the Union 2015: Time for Honesty, Unity and Solidarity, 9 September 2015

 

What ails Europe, what ails our nations today is a poisonous cocktail of a lack of mutual trust and a lack of self-confidence. We are slow to react to challenges, we are slow to implement even the most obvious common answers, because we do not believe in ourselves, in our ability to adapt, to respond to challenges, to make tomorrow better than today. We are slow to find common answers not because there are no answers, but because we do not trust the word “common”…

First Vice President Timmermans, "Une solidarité de fait", Netherlands Institute of International Relations, 18 September 2015

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, September 2015

Dear speech-fans and friends,

This summer has been everything but quiet, which means a rich harvest of speeches.

Here is a short selection of empowering stories, varied quotes, rhythmic tricolons, and memorable antimetaboles delivered in July and August.

Welcome back !

Isabelle


Speeches to call for action

 Ladies and gentlemen, never underestimate the power of how you are, and will, transform people's lives. 

It's no small thing to show the world that what's always been done, can be done better.
So, spread your story far, wide and fast! Even the smallest of patient innovations can bring hope and happiness!

Commissioner Moedas, 13 July 2015, Sharing Solutions, Improving Life through Citizen Innovation

 

Change is happening before our eyes at an alarming pace. It is up to us to take action before it is too late.

But addressing climate change is not only about saving our planet. It is also about saving ourselves from poverty, unemployment, war, and oppression.
Why?
Because the rise in temperatures creates an entire range of effects;
from floods to heatwaves and wildfires;
from new diseases and health hazards to draughts and food shortage,
from extinction of animals to entire populations fleeing their territories in search of liveable conditions.
We cannot simply watch this happen. 

Vice-President Šefčovič, 1 July 2015, World Summit of Climate and Territories

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Logos Pathos Ethos, July 2015

Dear all,

Here is a short selection of speeches delivered this month,

together with a few other pieces - as long as they can serve our inspiration and aspiration to improve.

Once again, I would like to thank the colleagues and friends who drew my attention to some references for circulation to other speech-fans.

Isabelle

 

The noble art of speechwriting

Not too long ago, the President and I were working on a speech that we knew would get a lot of attention. (…) So two days before the speech, I handed him the first draft in the Oval Office (…). He started out by saying, “Look, this is well-written, and I could probably deliver it as is,” which almost never means he actually wants to deliver it as is. “But we have two days, so let’s make it better.”

And then he gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten, one I wish he’d given me years ago. “You took a half-swing on this. Take a full swing.”

Chief White House Speechwriter Keenan, Commencement Address, 19 June 2015, selected Vital Speech of the Week

 

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Logos Pathos Ethos, June 2015

Dear all,

For your attention, here’s a short selection of speeches delivered this month, together with an older abstract you might appreciate as well.

I would like to thank the colleagues and friends who forwarded some references for circulation to other speech-fans.

Isabelle

 

If you only read one speech this month, you will find a good mix of logos, pathos and ethos in this one: President Tusk, Charlemagne Prize, 13 May 2015

 

What is then the challenge for the third generation of European unity?

Nothing less than to deliver on the promise of Europe with a ruthless determination.

President Tusk, Charlemagne Prize, 13 May 2015

 

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