There were echoes of the 1951 forced retirement of General Douglas MacArthur from his UN Korea command this week. And, like his illustrious predecessor, we heard a General Stanley McChrystal speech to mark the occasion. His retirement from the US army.
Both Generals had a difference of opinion with their respective Presidents—Harry Truman and Barack Obama. McChrystal’s 2010 retirement had the contemporary edge provided by his idle words in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. And MacArthur’s, of course, had the cold war connotations of a war with China.
Their retirement speeches had geographic similarities. General Douglas MacArthur’s speech was to a joint session of Congress in the Capital. And the General McChrystal speech was at a military review in Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
MacArthur’s speech to Congress is remembered for the line:
“And like the old soldier in that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the sight to see that duty.”
And General McChrystal’s best line from his 18 minute speech last week?
“I have stories on all of you, photos on many, and I know a Rolling Stone reporter.”
A great humorous line that worked hard at the beginning of this wistful McChrystal speech that paid full compliments to his troops, colleagues, family and political masters. Full of humour, much of it self-deprecating, the General’s speech showed his class at his final military review.
You can discover plenty of public speaking tips with our series of tips, posts and podcasts. And with more than 100 tips from which to choose, there’s bound to be something for your next speech…retirement speech, acceptance speech or a business presentation.
But when you want to give your public speaking skills a real boost, then why not consider some training. Because the right public speaking training could well be the tonic you need for public speaking success. So, please don’t hesitate to get in touch when the time is right.
Telling It Straight is our very own public speaking tips newsletter. Packed with skills tips to help you with your next speech, why not receive it this month?
President Ramaphosa Wrestles With A Tight Head Prop
Queen’s Covid-19 Speech To The Commonwealth Goes Viral
Shutters Closed With This Keir Starmer Acceptance Speech
Metaphorically Speaking It’s All Change With Treasury Speeches
Read Your Autocue To Be Professional
Ruddy Speechless In Oxford
No More EU Speeches
Euphoric Final Words From Farage In Brussels
Please log in again. The login page will open in a new tab. After logging in you can close it and return to this page.