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The King’s Speech says it all

The King’s Speech, had me sitting on the edge of my seat when my wife and I went to see it, just before it received several Academy Awards. That’s because I heard Lionel Logue, the speech therapist, saying many of the things I find myself saying in my public speaking workshops.

“You don’t have to be afraid . . .

There were so many places in the film where I was nodding and silently muttering “Absolutely!”, to myself that I can’t remember them all. But there was one snippet of dialogue in the film that stood out from the rest. It sent me scrambling through my pockets for a scrap of paper and a pen to scribble these words in the darkness: “You don’t have to be afraid of the things you were afraid of when you were five”.

People are running and hiding

No truer words were ever spoken. And yet, this world is full of people who are still running, hiding and trying to protect themselves from things that happened when they were small children. I encounter them all the time in my public speaking workshops. I have helped more clients than I can remember to exorcise cruel teachers, bullies and traumatic events that they’ve hidden, sometimes from themselves, since childhood. These people had been swallowing their self confidence because they were still intimidated by people and events that no longer had any logical place in their lives.

The King’s Speech deserved an Oscar

I’m no film expert, so I can’t comment on whether The King’ Speech deserved an Oscar Award for best picture. But I do know that The King’s Speech deserved an Oscar Award for the truisms it points out in regard to public speaking. Obviously, the stakes were much higher for King George VI than they are for most of us. And obviously, the king’s speech impediment was the primary focus of the film. But it if you just substitute the word “public speaking” for “stammering”, the film is full of messages for anyone who is required to speak in public.

The first step in resolving fear

I had to smile when Lionel Logue told the king that he could help him improve his speech “. . . if you want to change”. That was one of my “Absolutely!” moments. Because, believe it or not, the first step in resolving fear of public speaking is to want to change. And you might be surprised at how many people really don’t want to change. Because they’ve become so accustomed to their fear that it’s become an integral part of them. And if they let it go, they will no longer be who they’ve come to believe they are.

They will be more capable

And they’re right. They’ll no longer be who they’ve come to believe they are. They will be more confident and, because they are more confident, they will be more capable and more satisfied with their own existence.

The truth

I thought The King’s Speech was a very moving film. Not because the primary character had to deliver a speech that could affect the future of the entire western hemisphere, but because it told the truth about the fear most of us have toward public speaking. More people need to hear and heed the words of Lionel Logue: “You can do it . . . you needn’t be governed by fear . . .”

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About Thomas Moss

Thomas Moss is a public speaker, speech writer and coach who provides business communications services, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area, including Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, Pickering, Markham, Richmond Hill, Newmarket, Vaughan, Brampton and Mississauga. Service is also available outside of the GTA.