He used speeches to activate and inspire others to stay engaged through all the stages of his movement . My analysis of his speech in my TED talk recently surpassed a million views (well, if you add up this YouTube , this one , and Vimeo views, its TWO million views, but whos counting). Below are seven insights from MLKs speech that every presenter can adopt: Contour: Kings speech moves rapidly between what is and what could be rapidly , which is an appropriate frequency for the heightened energy of the gathering. Dramatic pauses: He took long dramatic pauses that gave his statements the breathing room necessary for people to pause and reflect on them (today, those same pauses could give an audience time to tweet your statements.) View photos Vocal pacing: King used the speed of his words to create an ebb and flow. He had three distinct arcs to his speed and reaches almost a feverish pace at times. His speed rises and falls as he builds toward a rapid-paced crescendo towards the end. Repetition: King uses the rhetorical device of repetition often. right hereHe repeats words and sequences which creates emphasis. In fact, his original title of this speech was The Fierce Urgency of Now. The people renamed it the I Have a Dream speech because of this beloved sequence of repetition. interview skills for youthMetaphor/visual words: King masterfully uses descriptive language to create images in the mind.
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