What makes a great speech?: Track 3


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Throughout history great orators have been able to capture a shift in the zeitgeist, and tap into an audience’s emotions. Speeches by John. F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill are considered among the greatest speeches of all time; but what made their speeches greater than the sum of their parts - and how did their structure and delivery manage to strike a chord that continues to resonate with people today? With contributions from Tony Blair’s ex speech writer Simon Lancaster and Tom Clark Editor of historic 20th Century speeches, this audio collection explores the methods and techniques used in great speeches that have allowed them to stand the test of time. This material forms part of The Open University course A150 Voices and Texts

By: The OpenLearn Team (The Open University)

  • Duration 15 minutes
  • Updated Friday 16th August 2013

Track 3: Metaphor and contrast

Techniques used to enhance a speech

Tracks in this podcast:

Track Title Description
1 Rhetoric Simon Lancaster and Tom Clark touch upon the history of speeches Play now Rhetoric
2 Historical context Capturing a moment in history Play now Historical context
3 Metaphor and contrast Techniques used to enhance a speech Play now Metaphor and contrast
4 Flattery and Empathy Techniques to engage an audience Play now Flattery and Empathy
5 Emotional connection Establishing on an emotional connection Play now Emotional connection