Can Public Speakers Learn from The King’s Speech?
Every so often I watch a film that proves to be a fantastic source of learning and inspiration as well as entertainment. Recently I saw The King’s Speech and it really moved me. Afterwards, I started to wonder what it was that made it so powerful.
The acting was superb and believable. The Prince’s frustration with his inability to speak fluently in public was palpable, and this made a wonderful contrast with the closing sequences where he clearly demonstrated to himself and the world that he had mastered his stammer. The filming was tight and the period references felt accurate and relevant.
For me, there were three powerful lessons from The King’s Speech
- That even the most intractable things can be changed with a combination of determination and the right support network.
- That a quick fix is rarely the solution and that hard work and effort does pay huge dividends.
- That ones ability to speak clearly and confidently in public can have a huge positive impact on yourself as well as your audience.
Interestingly I then did a search to see what other people had written about this superb film in relation to presenting and I came across this excellent Slideshare presentation by Jessedee. I thought you might like it too:
If you haven’t seen this film, I urge you to look for it online or to get your hands on the DVD. I’d love to hear what you took from it, so post a comment below.
The Presentation Doctor