The Brits are experts at delivering brief, engaging speeches that are both methodical and seemingly improvised. Take a cue from Alec Guinness, who, while accepting a lifetime achievement award in 1980, told an anecdote from his drama school days and then relieved the teaching-moment tension with self-deprecation: The greatest lesson from acting class, he said, "was to do absolutely nothing at all. And that is, more or less, what I've done since then." A bit of irony -- he's confessing that his secret is doing nothing while he's holding an Oscar for his 50-year career! -- turns the speech into a performance piece in and of itself.
The piece is titled, most appropriately, Speech 101: Make It a Class Act. It's cleverly written. Check it out.
Tags: Academy Awards, Oscars, Acceptance Speeches, Public Speaking, Verbal Performance, Media by Sistrunk