Famous Speeches: The Gentleman’s Edition

There’s a great deal involved with creating and presenting a powerful speech that will get people to stand up and listen. The reason speeches become so famous usually has a lot to do with the person on the other side of the microphone.

In history there have been some amazing speeches delivered by some awe-inspiring people. So much so that we have decided to divide this blog into a “Gentleman’s’ Edition” and a “Ladies Edition”.

This post aims to dive into some of the most powerful, memorable and striking speeches made in history and take a look at exactly what makes these speeches so famous and successful. Firstly, let’s bring on the men!

President Obama:

‘Obama was born with two great gifts, one was his mind and the other was the ability to speak to large groups of people’ – Mario Cuomo (Former Governor of New York) 

President Obama undoubtedly knows how to identify with his audience, capture their attention and raise them to their feet. Throughout his now famous “Yes we can!” speech, Obama uses various public speaking tricks to captivate the audience; his hand gestures being one of them.

The use of hand gestures can increases the value of the message up by 60%! Speaking with your hands can have a big influence on the engagement you have with the audience, this is one important technique that can be easily adapted to any pitch of presentation. Don’t forget to speak with your words and with your hands, you never know you could become one of the worlds most powerful leaders by doing so!

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The “I have a dream!” speech is undoubtedly one of the most famous speeches made in history as a defining moment in the movement of American Civil Rights. This iconic speech is a perfect example of how powerful and influential public speaking can be, when done correctly. On 28th Aug 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. unknowingly delivered one of the greatest presentations of all time!

One of his techniques, that was also identified with President Obama’s speech, is repetition. To make any speech or statement memorable, saying it once is definitely not enough. For your point to be heard, you should reinforce your primary message to your audience.

“Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”  – Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Make sure you identify the difference between rambling on and repeating your point. Don’t include anything in your pitch if it does not support your key message.

Winston Churchill:

Throughout some of the darkest times of WWII Winston Churchill had the responsibility of informing the UK of the possible invasion of Germany. Winston Churchill rose as the strong leader he was and presented us with one of his most famous speeches ‘We Shall Fight on the Beaches’.

In just over 2 minutes Churchill managed to get his strong message across to the nation and under the circumstances fill them with hope. How? Many things contributed to the power and precision of Winston Churchill’s speech, however building volume throughout caused a great deal of suspense and power towards the end of the speech.

We Shall Never Surrender’ – Winston Churchill

By far the loudest part of the speech. It is important that the content you are delivering to your audience is important and structured correctly. However the volume of your voice is just as essential, you will lose your audience in seconds if you deliver your pitch in a monotone voice.

Leonardo DiCaprio:

As one of the most anticipated winners at the 2016 Oscars, Leonardo DiCaprio used his time in the spotlight effectively. For years many have been pining for DiCaprio to become an Oscar winning actor, so much so that when the time came many celebrated just as much as Leonardo did. Knowing his speech would be publicised worldwide the following day, he took the opportunity to talk about one of the most urgent threats in today’s society; climate change.

One of the most important factors on creating a pitch perfect speech is presenting something you are passionate about. The more passionate you are about the subject the more compelling your speech becomes.

If you don’t care about what you have to say, why should the audience care? Your passion speaks a thousand words, so whether you care about climate change or not, you definitely now know about it thanks to Leo!

It’s easy to admit these leaders were born as natural public speakers, however other leaders were born into a life of public speaking, whether it came naturally to them or not was a different matter.

King George VI:


King George VI was unfortunately reigned King during the revolution of mass communication to which public speaking did not come to him as easy as others. The 2010 film “The Kings Speech” gave us a great insight into the life of a Royal who did not hold all the expected characteristics of a King. Afflicted with a stammer, King George VI struggled to get through an entire speech from start to finish.

However, through determination and being a strong willed character, public speaking became that little bit easier. Lionel Logue, was a speech therapist, that taught King George VI how important self confident was, when it came to over coming his stutter.

This can also be applicable when it comes to public speaking…

Now here’s where we come in!

Here at The Red Carpet Academy we have multi award-winning presenters and international speakers who have over 125 years of experience talking to an audience. We regularly use the various techniques these strong influences above used throughout their speeches.

If you want to be the best, you should learn from the best! Let us show you how to speak with impact and change the world!

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