That The King's Speech leads in the number of Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, is a result not only of a superb script, brilliant acting, and talented directing, but also of a compelling story. (Doesn't hurt that the story involves the wartime King of England either.)
(For an account of the real story behind the movie, read story by CNN's Nick Glass, Forgotten archive reveals true story behind 'King's Speech.' )
If you haven't seen it yet, catch it before it leaves the theaters.
Here are a couple of the movie's lessons for SpeaktoLead readers:
- The king's goal was to eliminate the stuttering. In the process of doing so, he also discovered he needed to learn pacing and pausing, cadence, inflection, enunciation, and emphasis to deliver a speech with impact.
You may not have a speech impediment, but we all need to learn and practice delivery skills if we want to be heard and remembered positively.
- George VI had his coach rehearse him for every major address.
You may not need a professional with you for every presentation. But when was the last time you had a professional review a video of one of your presentations? In fact, when did you take time to view yourself?
Even if you present well, it is easy to get get sloppy, or have a previous bad habit reappear.
A challenge for you. If you have not "seen yourself as others see you" within the past six months, have someone record your next presentation, then do a self evaluation. Or contact me if you'd like a professional evaluation.