Magic of Modeling: Winston ChurchillAug 03, 2022
Winston Churchill was one of the most prolific orators of his time. He used his speech to rouse entire nations and his speeches remain some of the most famous of all time. BUT his speech was imperfect. He was not a smooth speaker. Historians note that he not only stuttered, but he also had a lisp. If any story should rouse your interest in overcoming your speech disfluency, it should be Winston Churchill, and he makes an excellent subject for modeling and hard work.
What were some of Churchill's tools? He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare his speeches, often weeks in advance. He studied his own written remarks and he prepared questions he may be asked in advance and his answers. When he DID stutter during a speech he said “Sometimes a slight and not unpleasing stammer or impediment has been of some assistance in securing the attention of the audience.” This might sound a lot like what we talk about in Pro90d, because it is how so many people in our community overcome their speech disfluencey.
Through hard work, preparation for conversations, through practice, and through modeling we can overcome speech disfluency. Winstone Churchill overcame, not one but two speech impediments and he did it famously, grandly. One great exercise that we recommend is watching and reading about Winston Churchill and his successes. Many people ask us about taking self study or coaching and we encourage you to do anything your budget allows, but you have to put in the work to improve. Are you ready to start?