Tag Archives: History

“The Few”

Last week marked the 70th anniversary of one of the most famous speeches in modern history. On 20 August 1940, Winston Churchill addressed the British House of Commons and delivered his epic speech to honour “The Few” — the Allied … Continue reading

Posted in History of Public Speaking | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Some Chilling Public Speaking History

Here is a rather chilling passage from The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It captures in a few short paragraphs the sense of terror that pervaded the Soviet Union under Stalin. Nowadays, we often hear people talk about being “bored to … Continue reading

Posted in History of Public Speaking | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 33 Comments

Tell Me a Story

I love a good story. As a child, I could listen for hours to the tales told by my parents, grandparents, teachers and others.  As I grew older, I sought out stories through novels, films or theatre.  As a parent, I thoroughly … Continue reading

Posted in Delivery, Preparation, Stories and Storytelling | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Kiss me, you fool

No, not like this (my lovely wife and daughters would not be amused): And no, not like this either (although they did have some great songs that bring back memories every time I hear them): What I mean is the “Kiss Principle”: … Continue reading

Posted in Delivery, Preparation | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

And so it begins

One of the greatest public speakers of ancient Athens was Demosthenes (384 – 322 BC). His speeches have been studied for centuries. Not only do they provide insight into the culture and society in which Demosthenes lived, they also provide wonderful … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments