The moving speech by the German General at the end of the series “Band of Brothers”, and what we can learn from it.
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 of Agincourt on 25 October 1415, Henry V had led his army across northern France, seizing Harfleur, Calais […]
I was delighted to come across this short clip featuring Ari Sandel. As a movie director, Sandel won an Academy Award in 2005 in the category, Best Short Film – Live Action. His movie, West Bank Story, is a Romeo and Juliet musical comedy that takes place among the falafel stands of the West Bank. (By the way, […]
Speakers need to be present for their audiences. David Bader has a wonderful quote that public speakers should take to heart: “Be here now. Be someplace else later. Is that so complicated?” In a previous post, I wrote that as speakers, we enter into a social contract with our audiences every time we take the stage. We […]
Just because a speech in a movie is scripted, it doesn’t mean that we cannot learn from it. In fact, when you think about, some of the most famous speeches in history were rigorously prepared and polished before they were delivered. So today, we start a new series of posts: Speeches from Film. Over the months […]
Eye contact is one of the most important forms of non-verbal communication, especially for speakers. Have you ever had to endure a speaker who read from the lectern, or talked to the PowerPoint slides, or stared at the cue cards in his hand, or basically looked anywhere but at the audience? How exciting was that? Not […]
When delivering a speech or presentation, it is preferable for a speaker to do so without notes whenever possible. Being free from notes allows a speaker to have maximum eye contact with the audience; it frees the speaker from being anchored to a lectern and allows him to use the full speaking area; and it conveys […]
I never thought that a non-fiction book about a sport I rarely follow would hold my attention, but after only a few pages of “Seabiscuit: An American Legend” by Laura Hillenbrand, I was hooked. The story of the little brown horse with the big heart, and the three men who overcame their own hardships to make […]