Summertime by Gershwin

Summertime Audio


Summertime by Gershwin

In my latest Toastmasters speech (CC7) I wanted to speak about how music has a profound effect on our senses. It was risky. It was out on a limb. It would either work well or I would crash. I took the classic Summertime by Gershwin, a song that pictures in our minds glorious sunshine breaking through the grey of early dawn. However, under all that imagined sunlight, the song points to a dark and disturbing story of indenture. The music impacts our emotions deeply.

I wrote the following speech but choreographed it to music. I practiced hard, I hope you enjoy it. (BTW it won best speech of the night!)

To read the transcript of the speech click here

 Can I Help You?

  • You have been asked to “say a few words” at the celebration of your companies success at winning a large new contract.
  • You have to give a short presentation at the second interview for the “job of your dreams.”
  • It’s your daughters wedding and you have to stand up and put into words the thoughts, feelings and emotions of “giving away” your most precious child.
  • A good friend has sadly passed away and you have been given the responsibility for writing a eulogy for their funeral, how do you sum up a life in 10 minutes?

I am one of those strange individuals who loves public speaking about legacy, leadership and speech writing. – See more about it here:

If you think I may be able to help you put together some words, let’s start a conversation. I could even possibly help coach you on delivering the speech.

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Peter Billingham – Keynote and Motivational Leadership Speaker, Speech Writer and Coach


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