Throne Speech Ruffles Bermuda Governor’s Feathers

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Nov 10

There’s something very dated yet pleasantly reassuring about the Throne Speech in Bermuda. Governor Sir Richard Gozney delivered the speech this year at the re-convening of the national legislature.

The speech, delivered by the Governor, comprises the words of the small island’s Premier, Paula Cox. It’s the Progressive Labour Party’s political platform for the next parliamentary session. And that parliamentary session might be short.

Because reading through her speech,  it does sound like this speech is really the forerunner of an election.

But Sir Richard’s reading of the speech itself passed without controversy. His surroundings were quite remarkable, outside the Cabinet offices, beneath an awning that sheltered the assembled dignitaries from the hot sun. His natty Governor’s attire seemed in keeping with both the surroundings and the judges in his audience.

But I did wonder whether his hat feathers would dislodge in the high wind blowing through the tent. That alone kept me attentive. Perhaps that’s another public speaking device?

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+