Claire Duffy's blog about public speaking and communication (in real life). Speak well, do well!
Impressive females are still rare on the business speaking circuit, which was just one of the issues Elisabeth Murdoch faced head-on in this widely publicised speech. I was delighted to critique it for Washington DC based The Eloquent Woman’s: Famous Speech Friday series.
Murdoch opens by ticking off the organizers of the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture for not inviting a woman in the last seventeen years:
“Just how much did Janet Street Porter upset the committee?”
The she deals with the elephant in the room:
“Writing a MacTaggart has been quite a welcome distraction from some of the other nightmares much closer to home. Yes, you have met some of my family before.”
Before diplomatically distancing herself from the family scandals:
“The absence of purpose, or of a moral language within government, media or business, could become one of the most dangerous own goals for capitalism and for freedom.”
Watch her candid but controlled professionalism in action. Or, as The Eloquent Woman (on Facebook) put it: “She skewered the invitation to speak and called her hosts on the carpet … And then, Elisabeth Murdoch got down to business”.
I’m honoured to have been asked to write this guest post for one of my favourite and most respected blogs.