A few words about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

January is when we welcome the advent of the New Year, resolve to do better, select the Oscar nominees, determine the Super Bowl teams, and most notably, celebrate the birth of a very important American, Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Black History Month approaches, it is appropriate to continue to acknowledge Dr. King’s invaluable contributions to the fight for Civil Rights and his unwavering stance on the value of human dignity.

 

 

A few of my favorite Dr. King quotes are:

“The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

What I appreciate about his rhetorical style is how he created great mental images and touched listeners through syntax, parallelism, timing, vocal pitch, contrasting examples and alliteration – the use of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.

As someone who coaches and facilitates presentation skills programs, Dr. King has served as a model orator for much of my career.

My tip to those whose success depends on their ability to influence, motivate and convince others, is be willing to let your passion show.  Indeed, Dr. King’s passion may very well be his greatest legacy.