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Winston Churchill's Speech 'This Was Their Finest Hour'

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Keona Davis Leadership Communication Professor David D. Cook 16 October 2016 Winston Churchill is considered a great leader in history who was always prepared to overcome any obstacles by thinking strategically and appropriately. In his speech delivered to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the UK on June 18th, 1940 entitled “This Was Their Finest Hour”, Churchill encouraged Great Britain’s military to continue to fight. The nobility of a person’s greatest deeds in life will be “their finest hour” by going over and beyond the call of duty; Churchill understood the power of words and was able to articulate it in his speeches which motivated the people to continue to fight on. Leaders should always be able to inspire and motivate…show more content…
In chapter 2 entitled “Master the Art of Storytelling” Gallo provides three simple elements of telling a good story: first sharing personal stories that relate to the subject or idea of the discussion or presentation; second being able to tell a story in which a lesson was learned that listeners can relate to; and third are stories that include success and failure. In chapter 8 of Talk like TED Gallo describes the importance of being able to “Paint a Mental Picture with Multisensory” experiences. Churchill was able to paint his picture with words by delivering a speech that made the audience contemplate the outcome of what was to come if Great Britain did not fight back : “But if we fail, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science”, this quote of Churchill’s speech paints a picture of the gloom and darkness that is to come if they don’t continue to fight on. In other words Churchill felt that this was the point of no return it was to either fight or suffer unyielding consequences that would affect the whole
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