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As the country celebrates and remembers the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream”, it is worth remembering for more than one reason. And in case you are unaware of why such hullaballoo exists in the first place, I have posted the video below.
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If you are like me, and find yourself always wanting and needing to better your public speaking, then you need to do more than just watch. I recommend you read the analysis of the speech as well over at Six Minutes. You can find the analysis here.
The primary points of analysis of the speech are as follows:
- Emphasize phrased by repeating them at the beginning of sentences
- Repeat key “theme” words throughout your speech
- Utilize appropriate quotations or allusions
- Use specific examples to ground your arguments
- Use metaphors to highlight contrasting concepts
And if that is not enough the full transcript is available here as well.
Watch the video.
Read the analysis
Study the speech.