What We Can Learn From Our All-Time Favorite Speeches

August 20, 2018

Throughout history, mankind has witnessed some incredible political, presidential, and performative speeches. However, some of our most memorable encounters with presentations are viewed within films. With a team of talented screenwriters and captivating actors, it is no surprise that film speeches have become so legendary. The presentation pro's at Dog and Pony Show have dissected a few of our all-time favorite monologues to identify what we can learn from these beloved moments.

 

1. Utilizing a Narrative: Rocky Balboa - Rocky VI

 As perhaps the most iconic monologue within the Rocky films, Rocky's speak in Rocky VI is particularly powerful for it's story-telling emphasis. Rocky deeply impacts his audience with this speech by hooking listeners on the narrative of his message.

 

2. Keeping it Simple: Andy - The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption has remained a classic for more than its exemplary plot and intricate characters; this film contains one of Hollywood's most iconic speeches, delivered by the character Andy. This monologue  is not revered for its flowering diction or rich imagery, but rather for the power and curtness of its simplicity. 

 

3. Appeal to Emotions: Rose Lee Maxon - Fences

It's no secret that Viola Davis is an on-screen powerhouse, and her performance as Rose Lee Maxon was no different. In her character's legendary speech, Maxon utilizes the power of pathos as she compels her audience to feel with her.

Looking for more information on relevant presentation skills? Check out the Dog and Pony Show blog post on presentation body language!

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