November 19th, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It’s one of the most iconic speeches in American history, but in 1863, it got decidedly mixed reviews – one newspaper even called it “silly, flat and dishwatery.” So how did it become one of the most famous speeches in the United States? This episode of BackStory explores the evolution of an icon, and asks, more generally, what kinds of speeches – and speakers – endure in American history.
From the fiery sermons of traveling preachers in the 18th century to the teleprompted prime-time addresses of presidents today, we’ll look at how audiences’ expectations of orators have shifted, and ask why some speeches loom so much larger — or smaller — in our memory than they did in their own times.
For more on the guests and stories featured in this episode, and for an array of resources on oratory in the United States, check out BackStory’s website: http://backstoryradio.org/?p=11413
Nancy Duarte’s Resonate is available on the web at no cost.It’s a great resource.
"When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen. Nor do they observe. You should be able to go into a room and when you come out know everything that you saw there and not only that. If that room gave you any feeling you should know exactly what it was that gave you that feeling. Try that for practice. When you’re in town stand outside the theatre and see how the people differ in the way they get out of taxis or motor cars. There are a thousand ways to practice. And always think of other people."
The King George Toastmasters Club has chartered, and these pictures from the chartering party shows they know how to do things right.
Billy Collins welcomed August on The Writer’s Almanac with”Still Life” by Carl Dennis, which contains these lines
The light from the window’s angled.
The sun’s moving on. That’s why the people
Who live in the house are missing.
They’re all outside enjoying the light that’s left them.
There’s lots of great summer weather to enjoy yet, but Toastmasters need to be busy in August, too. Among the things you can take advantage of
- Smedley Award incentives to help you build membership. There’s more at the District 29 site.
- The International Convention. You can follow convention news by tracking hashtag #TIConv13 on Twitter. Be sure to let your club know about the results of the business meeting (we’ll have new International Directors and perhaps changes to club governance).
- Plan a great club contest and get ready for your area and division contests and District Conference.
- Put the finishing touches on your Distinguished Club Plan and keep making progress on it.
Past District Governor Paul White let me know that Sheryl Roush has released the list of contributors to Heart of a Toastmaster, which will be published during the International Convention. He spotted the names of some local Toastmasters on the list—Amanda Meeker, Laura Clancy, Jim Chamberlin—and he sort of soft-pedaled the appearance of his own name in the list. You can hear Sheryl talk about the book, and you can sign up to download the first chapter, which is Helen Blanchard’s story, Homer.
TLI Dean Amy Brener invites you to attend TLI training this Saturday. For this session core training will be a little longer, and sessions from District Governor Juliette Brown, District Chief Judge Sam Connor, Division C Governor and Open House expert Joy St. John will be available afterwards.
What are some of the themes that you’re planning for your meetings? Burgay Toastmasters is doing lexicon in August.
A lexicon is the vocabulary of a particular language, field, social class, person etc. We’ve added verbs such as: google when we search for information, text to communicate, and tweet as a means to be social. Recently Sheryl Sandberg stated she wants lean into to become part of our lexicon, meaning change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. How does our ever-expanding lexicon affect you? Your speaking?
It’s been proposed that Brinker Toastmasters piggyback on the Creative Mornings theme for August, space
Speakers are tackling the topic from a variety of angles. Personal space, airspace, public space, outer space, cyberspace, and the space bar are just a few takes on this theme.
This video, released by TED today, makes me think that home would make a fine theme.