If I hadn’t done that (course on public speaking) my whole life would’ve been different. Warren Buffett
Two short segments of a phenomenal speech:
(1) Defining the Engineering Challenges & (2) Inspiring the Engineering Team
On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered his “We Choose To Go To The Moon” speech to a crowd of ~35,000 at Rice University Stadium in Houston TX.
This speech bridges the worlds of oratory and engineering/project management magnificently! It demonstrates, beyond any doubt, that soaring rhetoric can be grounded in pragmatism.
It reminds us of the possibilities open to each of us. It allows us to appreciate anew what can happen when the power of oratory and power of human ingenuity, as expressed through engineering/project management combine. All things become possible
It is my hope that every project manager and every engineer on our planet is at least aware that they too can speak as eloquently and powerfully as this: or at the very least, is willing to dream of (and visualize) being able to do so!
Click here for a gift pdf version of Necessary Bridges RNK Chapter 4. It covers this speech.
This one belongs to the ages
Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863
From 2014 PBS Ken Burns documentary “The Address”.
At times, history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom. WE SHALL OVERCOME
10 minutes from one of the great US Presidential speeches
“The Science Of Stage Fright + How To Overcome It” This TED ED video is a must-see for those (i.e. all of us) who have concerns or issues associated with the fear of public speaking.
Click here for a gift pdf version of Necessary Bridges RNK Chapter 7. It covers this topic
Here is a powerful example of a brilliant scientist evangelizing scientifically enlightened governance.
There is no reason why all STEM professionals cannot aspire to speak as eloquently and convincingly as this scientist. And there is absolutely no reason why all STEM professionals cannot evangelize STEM enlightened policies and best practices while doing so.
One and a half centuries ago, civil war divided these United States of America, yet in it’s wake we would anneal as one nation, indivisible.
During the bloody year of his Gettysburg address, President Lincoln chartered the National Academy of Sciences. Comprised of 50 distinguished American researchers, whose task was then as now, to advise Congress and the Executive branch of all the ways the frontier of science may contribute to the health, wealth and security of it’s residents.
As a young nation, just four score and seven years old, we had plucked the engineering fruits of the industrial revolution that had shaped Europe, but Americans had yet to embrace the meaning of science to society.
Now with more than 2000 members, the National Academy encompasses dozens of fields undreamt of at the time of Lincoln’s charter.
Quantum physics discovered in the nineteen twenties now drives nearly one third of the world’s wealth, forming the basis for our computer revolution in the creation, storage and retrieval of information.
And as we continue to warm our planet, climatology may be our only hope to save us from ourselves.
During the centennial of his charter, President Kennedy addressed the academy membership, noting: “For the range and depth of scientific achievement, represented in this room, constitutes the seedbed of our nation’s future.”
In this, the twenty-first century, innovations in science and technology form the primary engines of economic growth.
While most remember honest Abe for war and peace and slavery and freedom, the time has come to remember him for setting our nation on a course of scientifically enlightened governance, without which, we may all perish from this earth.
Here he is again.
Is there any valid reason why all STEM professionals cannot speak like this?
Never doubt this. Small project teams of thoughtful, committed scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians can change the world. Indeed … this is the story of all progress.
Some of my favorite thoughts, quotes and spoken words. And a tribute to Toastmasters International whose TAG line is Where Leaders Are Made
All human problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings
For anyone interested in solving man-made problems with Leadership and Negotiations, watch “Miracle Rising“. It is a (1.5 hours) documentary covering 4 years of South Africa ‘s history:
FROM February 11, 1990 = Nelson Mandela’s release from prison
TO April 27, 1994 = successful 1-person, 1-vote democratic elections.
This transition has been hailed as a political miracle and a conflict resolution model. A transition FROM implacable foes locked into very different histories TO An Epic Reconciliation. Repeat: An Epic Reconciliation. It has been the subject of countless studies. This 33-minute video clip highlights the leadership and negotiations skills and practices that were utilized during that unique transition.
Poetry, short clips:
Winds of Fate, Psalm of Life, Think Different, Bag of Tools, Invictus, If
Mindfulness / Attention Training / Meditation are now a “new-normal”. This video is a good entry ramp. You cannot got wrong by following along 3 or more times a week.
Two hymns from my school days, and some poetry clips that
helps me to stand, when all I want to do is to lie down.
Lead Kindly Light
Abide With Me
Reminiscence. A tribute to my magnificent school: Lawrence School Lovedale