“I stand here before you not as a prophet
but as a humble servant of you, the people.”
– Nelson Mandela
In his great book ‘Lend Me Your Ears’, Max Atkinson explains how the effectiveness of using a certain technique to make a point was well known even to classical scholars.
Little wonder then that such a skilled orator as the late Nelson Mandela should make liberal use of the same technique.
What is that technique?
It’s the use of CONTRASTS in their various forms:
- phrase reversals
Contrasts are the optional skill to practice in our topics session at our last Speakers Club of the calendar year next Tuesday 17th December.