Appropriate for the Moment

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter, Amanda Thatcher, delivered a reading at the former Prime Minister’s funeral that could have been stale and stilted but was instead emotional and remarkably poised for a 19-year old. They weren’t her words.  She was reading from the Bible.  But her calm delivery while standing before family, the Queen, dignitaries from around the world, and millions of television viewers made a deep impression.  The words and her dignified delivery were entirely appropriate for the moment.

She doesn’t rush her words.  She is well-rehearsed to ensure there would be no stumbling on the ancient syntax.  She looks up from the text to make eye contact.  She is aware that the occasion is not about her but about the audience.  These are simple techniques but combined they can transform a dry recitation of words  into a memorable moment.

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