I’ve got a video treat for you, a down-and-dirty political smackdown (in speech form, of course) from the formidable Margaret Thatcher. This video is part of the series of Pop-Up Rhetoric vIdeos covering three famous political speeches and one debate which I analyzed in my book The Handy Communication Answer Book.
One of the best ways to become a better speaker is to look at oratorical tactics in real time. Pop-Up Rhetoric does just that – we get to dive deep into a segment of a famous speech or message from politics, advertising, literature, and so on to see what gives the words their power.
This is the third of four videos in total in this special series-within-the-series on YouTube.
Refutation is a big part of a good persuasive speech. This is where you take your opponent’s arguments and tear them apart. In politics, this tearing down is often done through any rhetorical means necessary – no matter how direct, aggressive, or dirty it might be.
In this video, we’re looking at an outstanding piece of refutation from Margaret Thatcher’s October 10, 1980 speech to the Conservative Party. Regardless your politics, this is some political speech-making akin to a Mohammed Ali knock-out punch. Her speechwriter was ruthless in the rhetoric, and her delivery was outstanding. Watch, learn, and enjoy!
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