Dr. Donnelly here with this week's edition of our Friyays. Just like a lot of people, I was blown away by Oprah's speech at the Golden Globes - not only in its message, but in the power of oratory. I'm thinking a lot about oratory and words at the moment, as I prepare some content for you on MLK for next week, so that will also be the focus of this post.
I have a few personal highlights of her talk, but please, if you have not, watch it in its entirety. A new day is on the horizon as women start to speak their truths. Also, note how she crafts the speech - how she begins with gratitude (always a good open for any talk) and then ensures the rhythm of both her narrative and her physical voice keep the audience engaged. Masterclass.
TED Talk on Fear
I watched this with a group of fellow business leaders this week and we all remarked on how powerful this shift in thinking is. I get tired of the TED rhythms - but this one is a good example of how to clearly unpack complicated topics in a short amount of time. The idea is also 100% worth your time to engage with.
Ain't I A Woman
Sojourner Truth's immortal speech "Ain't I A Woman" was once performed by Kerry Washington, and it has stayed with me since I first watched it almost ten years ago.
President Andrew Shepherd
I have three favorite movies: League of Their Own, The Princess Bride, and The American President. The third was my introduction to Aaron Sorkin's writing, the craft of which is unparalleled in screenwriting in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. His characterizations, treatment of women, and other foibles nonwithstanding - Sorkin has a grasp on the English language that most of us can only hope to achieve. This speech is also the source of one of my most blatant rip-offs when I talk about America - see if you can spot it.
Dr. King Has a Dream
Finally, if you have never listened to this speech, I beg you to sit with it. You've heard it quoted and sound-bitted and clipped and all of that, but have you heard his whole argument? It's worth your time, no only for its content, but for its craft.
So that's it from me this week. What are your favorite speeches, talks, sermons? Who do you follow for tips in oratory and public speaking? Leave it in the comments!