First man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, has proved a taciturn speaker since his successful return from the moon in 1969. Other former astronauts have made their way in the world with speeches and presentations to businesses audiences. But not Neil.
So it was a surprise that this week he gave a speech in Sydney, Australia to a convention of accountants. Apparently he has a link with the accountancy profession via his father who was a public sector accountant for most of his working life.
In this speech he extolled the benefits of team work and took a swipe at the risk management culture that’s so different to the risk taking culture in NASA 1969. His audience also gathered that he favoured some form of permanent base on the moon aimed at scientific research.
His audience of about 1,000 accountants had gathered for the 125th anniversary of the CPA Australia accountants body in Sydney. They were treated to a good mix of personal stories and previously unshown footage of the moon landing by the 81-year old astronaut speaker. During his speech he paid tribute to the work of Australian scientists involved in the space programme and the moon landing. Some of those involved at the time were in his invited audience.
It’s a rarity to hear a speaker like Neil Armstrong and this audience made the most of it.
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+