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Lessons on Public Speaking From The King's Speech

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  • Later in the king's life, he had to overcome a lack of faith in himself. The secret for any novice presenter that struggle to get their words out is to persist.
  • The king checked his ego; listened to his wife, Elizabeth; and put his trust in Logue. Find your own Lionel and Elizabeth.
  • Put the hours in. Bertie progressed as a result of continued exercises. There’s no substitute for preparation.
  • Leverage experience. Nothing improves public speaking like doing it, as King George VI found out. 
  • Be a true version of yourself. Bertie's stammer humanized him and made him a hero.

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Lessons on Public Speaking From The King's Speech

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Prince Albert's stammer

From boyhood, Prince Albert struggled with stammer. He struggled painfully in public, until his wife convinced him to seek the help of Lionel Logue, an Australian speech therapist. 

Prince Albert conquered his stammer, found his voice, and became one of England’s most beloved kings. 

Tips learning to communicate better

  • Later in the king's life, he had to overcome a lack of faith in himself. The secret for any novice presenter that struggle to get their words out is to persist.
  • The king checked his ego; listened to his wife, Elizabeth; and put his trust in Logue. Find your own Lionel and Elizabeth.
  • Put the hours in. Bertie progressed as a result of continued exercises. There’s no substitute for preparation.
  • Leverage experience. Nothing improves public speaking like doing it, as King George VI found out. 
  • Be a true version of yourself. Bertie's stammer humanized him and made him a hero.

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Lesson 1: Practice, practice, practice

Leading up to the big speech at the end of the film, King George and his coach rehearsed over and over again–out loud!

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Lesson 2: Beware of speaker envy

King George likely couldn’t help but feel he would never measure up to the likes of legendary orator Winston Churchill.

Have faith in your voice. The key is to develop one’s own style, also known as your “authentic voice.” That “authentic voice” will connect well with an audience.

Lesson 3: Determination conquers all

King George VI’s success was assured as soon as he made the decision to work hard to become a more effective speaker.

One of the most important keys to improving is simple determination. If you’re serious about improving, you must speak regularly – at least once a week.

“The Kings Speech”

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What leaders can learn from The Duke of Windsor

Some of the issues the Duke of Windsor had to resolve to assume the throne:

  • He had to commit to diligently prepare himself for his royal role.
  • He had to own the idea of actually being a successful King.
  • He had to trust in a mentor to help him advance to this position of power.
  • He had to practice relentlessly between sessions with his coach as he followed an intentional action plan.
  • He had to develop confidence in himself.
  • He had to overcome early childhood identity issues and resolve prior life failures and humiliations.
  • He had to take the initial bold step by delivering his first wartime speech to the world despite his speech challenges.
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  1. Awareness: Breath = Voice, so make sure that you are aware of your breathing.
  2. Support: Breath is your key support for the voice.
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