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Obama – the greatest speech-maker of our time?


The simple answer is ‘yes’. When Obama turns it on, he is simply brilliant. This section from a speech has been put to music, and well-crafted by a team that are very, very good at what they do, but take away the flim-flam and you are still left with something really powerful, and superbly delivered. … Continue reading

What you can learn from great speeches – Conan O’Brien


This is funny. Conan isn’t much known to us in the UK. If you’ve never come across him, he’s Graham Norton, but harder working.

What you can learn from great speeches – Barack Obama


This is another great speech by someone I really admire. In the 2008 campaign Obama raised the bar for all speechmakers. This is the speech where he responded to criticism that he was “Just a speechmaker” So what can you learn from it? I’m not going to dwell here on the text. As ever Obama … Continue reading

What you can learn from great speeches – Michael Lewis


This is a great speech by someone I really admire. If you haven’t read his books I can heartily recommend them all. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Lewis/e/B000APZ33E Read The Big Short if you want to get a clear idea of how toxic mortgages nearly brought the world to its knees. This is his speech to Princeton’s class of 2012. … Continue reading