1) Rock solid, unshakeable confidence
You can see from Martin Luther King’s body movement that he was calm and grounded as he provided his speech. Although you can’t see his feet as he’s speaking, I ‘d envision him to be heavily planted to the ground, with a solid posture that states “Here I am. I’m not budging. Now, you concern me.”
As a speaker, Martin Luther King had the strength that is surely just discovered with those who have totally aligned their actions with their firm commitment.
The 200,000 individuals at the Washington rally could not have pushed King off-track if they ‘d tried, so solid was he in his convictions. Self-belief from a beyond-personal source provides this sort of power– and you can see the impact.
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2) The Voice
It would constantly take a commanding voice to influence thousands and Martin Luther King’s thriving voice was well practiced in his capacity as a Baptist preacher. His cadence, his pacing and his preacher-like drama bring genuine enthusiasm to the speech.
Martin Luther King used effective, evocative language to draw emotional connection to his audience, such as:
“Now is the time to increase from the dark and desolate valley of partition to the sunlit path of racial justice.”
“This blistering summertime of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass up until there is an invigorating fall of freedom and equality.”
“We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, can not gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities”
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3) Rhythm & & Repeating
The intensity of King’s speech is built through vibrant declarations and balanced repetition. Each repeating builds on the one prior to and is reinforced by Martin Luther King’s ever increasing passion.
“We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of authorities brutality. We can never be pleased as long as our bodies, heavy with the tiredness of travel, can not acquire accommodations in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We can not be satisfied as long as the negro’s fundamental movement is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one.
“Return to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, return to South Carolina …”
“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of misery a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to change the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to hope together, to struggle together, to go to prison together, to defend liberty together, understanding that we will be free one day.”
“Let liberty ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let flexibility ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let liberty ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let liberty ring.”
As the speech ends the rate of Martin Luther King’s repetition boosts, assisting to develop to a crescendo.
4) Dumping the Script
If that wasn’t remarkable enough, Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech was never indicated to even include its most well-known sequence and climax. Originally penned under a number of names, such as the appealing “normalcy speech” and “A Cancelled check”, King put aside his script 10 minutes into the speech. Couple of would dare risk it at such a moment, but King was stated to have responded to the cry of Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson “Tell ’em about the dream, Martin!” and ad-libbed what followed. This is what provided “I have a dream” its raw power and edge– King was living the words that he spoke.
5) With, not ‘at’ his people
It’s thought that King ditched the script so that he could connect more with his audience. And it worked. “I am not unmindful that a few of you have actually come here out of excellent trials and tribulations,” he begins. King goes on to talk with his audience and their individual situations straight, “Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, return to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the run-down neighborhoods and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this circumstance can and will be altered.”
King is with the people, totally connecting to them with his eyes and delivering a powerful rhythm in his speaking. Martin Luther King’s script writer, Clarence B Jones reflected, “It was like he had an out-of-body experience.”
So often it is the speaker who is flexible and vulnerable adequate to get in touch with their audience who has the most effective effect.