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.
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.”
Pay attention to the first two words of the title: “how to”: they imply that there is a way, that you can learn. And indeed, the idea that we – women, but “they don’t have the monopoly of insecurity”, so actually everybody, really – can learn “how to be powerful in (our) speaking is at the heart of this book.
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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.
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.