Category Archives: Speeches from Film

Seven Powerful Public Speaking Lessons from “Mad Men”

My recent post in which I had some fun with the hit TV series, Breaking Bad, reminded me of a clip from another popular series about which I wanted to write, Mad Men. If you who don’t know the show, Mad Men is set in … Continue reading

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“Speaking Bad”: Eight Tips from “Breaking Bad”

My daughter Alex had been raving about Breaking Bad for months. “Dad, you have to watch this show; it’s the best series I’ve ever seen,” she kept telling me. These days, I watch very little television—one evening a week at most—and … Continue reading

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12 Public Speaking Lessons from “Comedian”

I just finished watching, for the second time, Comedian, a terrific documentary about the efforts of Jerry Seinfeld to get back into stand-up comedy after a decade of starring in one of the most successful sitcoms of all time, Seinfeld. … Continue reading

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When Things Go Wrong: Ten Presentation Lessons from Apollo 13

OK. The day of the big presentation has arrived. You’ve prepared, you know your material and you’ve arrived at the venue early to get set up. You check the room and everything looks fine. The stage is ready, the sound … Continue reading

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Collection of Speech Analyses

Without question, the best way to become a better speaker is to speak. We learn by doing, making mistakes, reflecting, refining and doing again. However, there are other ways that we can improve our skills at the craft. One way … Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: Up in the Air

Analysis of George Clooney’s “What’s In Your Backpack?” speech in the movie, “Up In the Air”: Continue reading

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Oscar Night 2011

Tonight is the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. It’s been years since I’ve seen the show live. For me, watching it from start to finish can be a tedious affair. And now that I live in Switzerland, the show doesn’t get … Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: Band of Brothers

The moving speech by the German General at the end of the series “Band of Brothers”, and what we can learn from it. Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: Henry V

William Shakespeare wrote many inspirational speeches for his different characters. One of the best known is the St. Crispin’s Day speech delivered by King Henry to his troops in the classic Henry V. To set the stage, prior to the epic battle … Continue reading

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Speeches from Film: The Pursuit of Happyness

One of my favourite movies from recent years is The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith. Based on a true story, the movie is about Chris Gardner, a man in financial difficulty who is trying to raise his son alone … Continue reading

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