Some speeches don’t need extensive analysis, explanation, or commentary. They are best just experienced. The Most Reverend Michael Curry of North Carolina traveled to London to speak at the recent wedding of Prince Harry of England and Meghan Markle of America. It was a sermon for the ages at a wedding for the storybooks.
OK, so I can’t resist pointing out one or two things. Well, three points worth mentioning.
First, Curry has an extraordinary ability to vary his delivery, keeping us engaged throughout. Pitch, volume, speed, pauses — Curry varies them all, playing his voice like the musical instrument that it is. Record yourself and listen to the playback. Are you varying your vocal music for full effect?
Second, Curry’s gestural language is rich, evocative, and illustrative. His hands and facial gestures convey emotion, meaning, and urgency. He is one of those rare speakers who fully embraces the second conversation — the conversation that body language at its best can convey to an audience.
Third, Curry’s overall story line describes a journey out into emotion and memory and then back home. Calling on scripture, history, and personal experience, Curry delivers a sermon about the power of love that resonates widely. If you’re not moved by his speech, then there’s probably not much that will move you.
Curry delivered the goods. Harry and Meghan got a great send off. And the rest of us got taken to public speaking school.