What Volodymyr Zelenskyy can teach us about leadership

The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy emerged as an icon of Ukraine’s determination in its war against Russia. During the past few weeks, I spent many hours glued to the news, Twitter, looking for information about the war. Despite untold horrors, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Chernihiv suffering under bombs. Ukraine stands strong and its president remains in … Read more

What can speakers and presenters learn from Tyrion Lannister?

Tyrion Lannister of Game of Thrones fame isn’t a fictional character that one would associate with public speaking. Nevertheless, I previously looked at Tyrion Lannister’s speech from the Battle of the Blackwater. A speech that is a quintessential example of a strong motivational speech. Tyrion did another speech later on in the series and this … Read more

An analysis of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech

It is part of the UK’s political tradition, that outgoing and incoming Prime Ministers give respectively a farewell speech and an inaugural speech. Let’s have a look at Boris Johnson’s speech delivered yesterday on the steps on 10 Downing Street.   Purpose The likely anticipated purpose of this speech, was to inspire the British people … Read more

An analysis of John F Kennedy’s Moon speech

JFK's speech at Rice University

JFK’s speech delivered in 1962 at Rice University in favour of the Apollo programme. Is in my opinion one of the best political speeches of the 20th century. There is a lot that can be learnt from this speech. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, this speech is a very good example of … Read more

What Tyrion Lannister can teach you about public speaking

Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion Lannister character in the Game of Thrones books and TV series is famous for his wit and sharp remarks. Public speaking is nevertheless not something that one would associate with him, unlike other characters in the show. Yet one of his defining moment is a speech delivered in the midst of the battle of … Read more

An Analysis of Daenerys speech from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most successful TV shows in history. Largely because of the depth of its plot and of the intrigues between its characters. Many leadership lessons can be learned from the show and from the books on which the show is based. The recent Season 8 finale also featured a … Read more