The Anniversary of Martin Luther King reminds us of the Power a Motivational Speaker can have
Posted on 17 January 2011 byMartin Luther King Jr. is widely regarded as the greatest motivational speaker of all time. This month marked the 82nd anniversary of the great civil rights leader’s birthday – offering a timely reminder of the powerful effect those with the gift of words can have in energising and inspiring their audience. His ‘I have a dream’ speech struck a chord across the planet, not just America, pushing the American Civil Rights Movement into the glare of country’s politicians. King’s power as a speaker is perhaps partly drawn from the cause he represented, as well as him being an oracle genius. There has never more proof that a motivational speaker can articulate the mood of a community – empowering them with words into action. History is littered with speakers whose rhetoric has motivated and inspired - from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to Churchill’s ‘Fight them on the Beaches’; these speeches have gone on to change the course of history as we know it. They serve as proof that words are one of the most powerful tools we possess. King’s rhetoric was unique and there may never be another motivational speaker like him. The context in which his talents were applied makes him the benchmark in which all motivational speakers will be measured.
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