Women, Orators and Eloquence (2)

What if women had a dif­fer­ent way to express them­selves in public?

  • Now, don’t get me wrong. We’re talk­ing here about fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line arche­types, rather than gen­der. Obvi­ously women can be great ora­tors, just like men, if they want to. Just look at one iconic fig­ure of the polit­i­cal speaker, Mar­garet Thatcher. Max Atkin­son has writen an excel­lent series of arti­cles in his blog on Mar­garet Thatcher, with insight­ful extracts of videos. Read the The Evo­lu­tion of Charis­matic Woman.
  • Do they want to? They may not want to give “a for­mal speech, espe­cially one given on a cer­e­mo­nial occa­sion”. They might even feel ridicu­lous doing that. Why? Because they may be more self-aware.It reminds me of Lucy Kell­away in one of her slightly provoca­tive Finan­cial Times col­umn:

While nearly all men are poor at pub­lic speak­ing, women are even worse. This is partly because women can­not tell jokes, but also because we are bet­ter at self-awareness and there­fore know that our speech is aver­age and the audi­ence would rather be doing some­thing else – thoughts that do lit­tle to enhance performance.”

  • Wouldn’t they rather choose to speak with sim­plic­ity, prox­im­ity and elegance?Is it what we call  Elo­quence? In 1826, the Amer­i­can states­man Daniel Web­ster reminded his stu­dents that:

True elo­quence does not con­sist in speech.  Words and phrases may be mar­shalled in every way, but they can­not com­pass it.  It must con­sist in the man, in the sub­ject, and in the occa­sion.”

Watch Hillary Clin­ton, as she speaks at Women in The World Sum­mit of one of the great  unfin­ished busi­nesses of human his­tory, the full eman­ci­pa­tion and equal­ity of women.

She’s an elo­quent woman. She also mas­ters the Art of Ora­tory and her speech is per­fect. She’s tak­ing pub­lic speak­ing as an art, involv­ing body, heart, mind and soul.

Denise Grav­e­line,  author of The Elo­quent Woman’s Blog, is gath­er­ing great exam­ples and role mod­els of women speak­ers all over the world. Read her unique and awe­some blog here.

Read also Coco Chanel, lessons of lead­er­ship with ele­gance.

What dif­fer­en­ti­ates an elo­quent speaker with a skilled orator?

  • Sim­plic­ity
  • Open­ness
  • Gen­uine desire to inter­act with the audience
  • Con­sid­er­a­tion for others
  • Humil­ity
  • Play­ful­ness and abil­ity to improvise

These qual­i­ties are not innate for women. You can find them in men too. They belong to the  “fem­i­nine” arche­type. They come more nat­u­rally for those who have under­gone cen­turies of invis­i­bil­ity and silence. They fit well for the oppressed or the minori­ties. Women are nei­ther oppressed openly , nor a minor­ity any­more. Yet, they re-inforce these traits as they grow up, and tend to erase the mas­cu­line assertiveness.

How could we make sure that we all bal­ance the mas­cu­line and the fem­i­nine arche­types, in the way we express ourselves?

With the devel­op­ment of Pre­sen­ta­tion ZEN like speak­ers, of NOW Lead­ers, embrac­ing both fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line val­ues or arche­types, we will see more and more infor­mal , nat­ural, con­ver­sa­tional yet pow­er­ful and influ­en­tial speakers.

You can have read my post on Pre­sen­ta­tion ZEN, here.

For more infor­ma­tion on NOW Lead­ers, read here.

I’m wel­com­ing your sug­ges­tions, ideas, com­ments. How does it res­onate with your experience?

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3 Responses to Women, Orators and Eloquence (2)

  1. Thank you Mar­ion. My sis­ter. My co-labor-ator. My co-conspirator. You are a con­tin­u­ous source of energy and inspiration.

    • admin says:

      What an elo­quent com­ment, Anne.
      I can only say, merci.
      Can­not to see the day when our voices join in the same space.

  2. Pingback: What would a great woman’s speech sound like? (3) | Geronimo Coaching Now

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