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An engineer and a linguist sharing a passion for the spoken word, with a firm conviction: form is content. They way you say it, is what you say. We read, study and know more than ever before, but stumble when we are forced to talk about it. Nerves get the best of us and any attention to the audience fades.

The Orator wants to reinvigorate public speaking. During workshops, keynotes and coaching sessions they try to show that solid content can sound articulate and persuasive. And above all, that speaking well should not be as tedious as it seems.

engineer with intuition

Dietmar Hertsen

background

Bio-engineer, moon extinguisher, PhD in quantum chemistry, avid runner, parttime Dutch and patent attorney trainee.

rhetorical heroes

Richard Feynman elucidates the intricacy of a dental drill and how the spaceshuttle Challenger crashed.

Dietmar

engineer with intuition

linguist with precision

Edward De Vooght

background

Latinist, Ghentian, PhD fellow studying political rhetoric and persuasion, parttime Italian and jazz fanatic.

rhetorical heroes

Cicero. His Pro Caelio frees Marcus Caelius Rufus.

Edward

linguist with precision

ingenieur met buikgevoel

Dietmar Hertsen

achtergrond

Bio-ingenieur, maneblusser, doctor in de kwantumchemie, loper, parttime-Nederlander en patent attorney trainee.

retorische held

Richard Feynman legt uit hoe een tandartsboor werkt en waarom de spaceshuttle Challenger neerstortte.

latinist met precisie

Edward De Vooght

achtergrond

Classicus, stroppendrager, doctoraatsonderzoeker naar politieke retoriek en overtuiging, parttime-Italiaan en jazzfanaat.

retorische held

Cicero draait en keert de Romeinse geesten en spreekt landverrader Caelius vrij met humor en een vleugje drama.

what we do

Speaking is no longer worth a golden medal, but barely loose sand. We don’t have it at our finger tips anymore. Becoming increasingly lenient towards our speaking skills, we don’t question our skills any longer. Nobody graduated without rhetoric. Today, not even lawyers learn to speak anymore. If the animals could speak, they would undoubtedly outdo us.

Do we take it too far? Yes, we don’t need an hourglass to time our pauses, nor six years of Jesuits to write a plea. We don’t need to be animals to have a passion for stories, all we need is a listening ear but we throw all of those obvious things away because the packaging doesn’t matter anymore. We consider good public speaking to be a tool for shady managers with shady companies.

Have we become immune to it then? That’s wishful thinking. Even though we have lost our speaking skills and the packaging has become as loose and cheap as words: we have become blind. The rhetorical tricks, we don’t recognise them anymore. Applications, pitches, exams, debates and wedding parties: we are being fooled. Every single one of us, except the orator of course.

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