I seem to have been sucked in to answering questions on Quora. Many about public speaking in all its forms. But other stuff too. Oddly addictive.
I’ve been asked by someone to help with a couple of significant speeches. Apart from the squalid business of the fee *coughs* there is the much deeper issue of how I as me might help her express herself. How frank does she want to be with audiences? It’s always powerful when a speaker goes for it in revealing himself/herself in a non-sentimental thematic way. But is it wise?
This got me thinking about the tone of a speech. In terms of food.
Think of some of the options:
Juicy hamburger and chips
Basic but tasty. Good central philosophical contrast
Lots going on. One or two good bits. Mostly bland
Subtle flavours – emphasis on presentation and stylistic balance
Hearty unsubtle fare that warms you up but in excessive quantities
A lump of splodge that you really want at the time, but ultimately disappointing
3-course business lunch
Predictable structure – maybe even with a dab of faux-style
Fluid structure. Unexpected combinations. Surprising combinations. Explosions of intense taste. Presented beautifully
Simple but bold/colourful. Tasty. Inclusive
Vegan bean broth
Earnestly boringly good for you, especially if you want bubbling bowels
Polish barszcz soup
Bold and direct in a beetrooty way. Maybe too Polish?
Grossly sweet. Makes your teeth ache
You don’t like it. But you need to swallow it
Speeches are like food. They create a mood and tone.
Some speeches are stodgy. Some satisfying. Some challenging. Some tediously healthy.
But the best food? Like the best speeches.
Delicious. Interesting. Just the right quantities and balance. Presented beautifully with the audience in mind. Touches of surprise. Leaves you wanting More.