There was a time when public speaking was an art form. For centuries people flocked to hear the eloquent. In America, we experienced that with John F. Kennedy. Given that this November is the 50th anniversary of his murder, lots of tapes will be played of his speeches.
Last week I attended an event which included about 10 speeches. All were from the heart. Some in the audience filled up with tears. None of the speeches were eloquent.
I asked those at the table where I was sitting if they thought eloquence would return, at least in our lifetimes. We were Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Of course, none did. Who could get away with sounding eloquent? The late Ted Kennedy could only pull off those kinds of orations because he was a Kennedy and a very powerful politico in the U.S. Senate.
Today, if John F. Kennedy were alive, he would be forced to be conversational and show infographics on the screen in back of him.