If you have not yet seen The King’s Speech, go now and see it. It is exceptionally brilliant and I am told an Oscar sweep is expected. Not only does the film effectively show the power of leadership and public speaking coaching, you see the process through which the Duke of York learns to have faith in his own voice, like your own journey to do the same. For all his royal upbringing, Bertie was not prepared to be king, did not want to be king and certainly had no faith in his ability to rule the country. But as the saying goes, God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called…usually while on the job.
Here’s what The King’s Speech has to do with you:
1. At some point in your life, probably many times, you will have the option to step up into a bigger version of yourself. This bigger you makes a more significant contribution to the world. It’s equally scary and compelling. This happens when you feel you’re not ready for it.
Note: you will never be ready. Just do it.
2. Ultimately courage comes from falling down and getting up again, over and over. Success is not having no obstacles, it’s working through them.
One of the powerful elements of this movie is you truly share the duke’s pain and embarrassment as he falters in his early speeches. You see how his advisors avert their eyes.
3. Like it or not, your life is a group project.
As a professor, I totally got how some students hated group projects. It always seemed that the work was unfairly distributed while the grade was equally distributed. In the group project that is your life, you’re the one getting the grade, the income, the recognition, the health, the relationships.
And you get to pick who’s in your group. Choose wisely.
4. Speaking in front of a group is the most powerful form of communication still today. Public speaking, even if your public is only a committee, is the number one success skill. Becoming a more engaging and confident speaker is a process worthy of your attention.
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.
5. Nothing much happens until you believe you have something to say.
Lionel Logue was such an effective leadership coach, and yet he had no credentials, only experience! He could never have gotten tenure in an academic setting. But his own confidence was what fueled the king’s faith. Lionel showed confidence in himself by insisting that the royal couple follow Logue’s rules, charging hefty fees for his services and never faltering when challenged by the tenured professors, aka the royal advisors.
Here’s how Lionel described his early coaching experience: "I helped them have faith in their voices and let them know a friend is listening." How powerful is that?
If you’ve seen the movie, share what you especially liked about it! (I’ve seen it 3 times already and plan to take my kids soon!)