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The King's Speech & Deep Practice

Updated on August 24, 2017

Deep Practice Overcomes Stuttering

Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert, the subject of the movie The King's Speech, was born to the oldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, of England, in 1865.

He was never expected to ascend to the British throne, but the young George received a private education with his older brother, Prince Albert Victor. That education served George well, when his elder brother renounced the throne shortly after their father died.

After a few years of tutelage their father enrolled them (accompanied by their tutor, John Neale Dalton) in the royal navy. They embarked on a three year excursion of worldwide travel on HMS Bacchante.

After Albert Victor's death, the young George stood second in line to become king. In the early 20th Century the Empire underwent expansion, as the neighboring European monarchies met their demise.

Social unrest and political strife wrought huge changes and wars across the globe. The King's Speech, released in 2010, presents George's struggle with a lifetime of stuttering, through the filter of his relationship with his speech therapist.

Four Kings in the Family

Four Kings in the Family
Four Kings in the Family

Weigh in On the Idea of Deep Practice

Do you recognize the connection between the Talent Code's notion of deep practice and the King's speech therapy?

The King's Speech Epitomizes Deep Practice

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declaration of war naval

The movie, The King's Speech, claims the significance of the King's speech impediment as the focal point to exploit playwright David Seidler's historical drama on the big screen.

King George V's transformation as speechmaker portrays his therapist's skillful employment of the techniques of deep practice>, so thoroughly explored in The Talent Code.

This film illustrates the fundamentals of Daniel Coyle's The Talent Code in depth. Each person, at the peak of their achievement, can no doubt recall at least one moment when one mentor ignited their curiosity and confidence, and initiative was born that carries them to continuously reinvest their capacities to strengthen their artistry in their chosen arena.

The King's impediment was gross and his placement in history, in one special family, brought him to the brink of challenge, and with a brilliant support network he recycled practice to the utmost. photo and scads of others from IMDB

Delivery of the Future King's Father's Speech

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royal broadcast kings speech

At Christmas of 1938 King George V anticipated the ruinous behavior of his first heir, David, George's older brother, who eventually abdicated to marry the divorcee Wallis Simpson.

As David's scandals escalated to the point where it became almost a certainty that he must take steps to safeguard the monarchy, King George V decided to guide his younger son to overcome the stuttering obstacles to effective delivery of the royal speeches he would need to deliver.

The first step was to have George VI watch the film of his father's Christmas Speech 1938, and to have the son deliver it until he could replicate the father's presentation. Fortunately, the brilliancy of an Australian vocal coach had come to the family's attention.

With the support and encouragement of George V's wife, the future king tried and tried again to establish a working relationship with the therapist. His sensitivities were hyper acute, so young George naturally fell into tiffs and despair and left and returned to the resourceful Mr. Logue.

Misunderstandings and insults punctuate the relationship that develops between the coach and the student, as King George VI engages in sustained deep practice.

photo credit: Father's Speech

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king george vi

The Story Behind King George VI's Story

King George VI was the first reigning royal in British history who could, if he could manage to overcome his notorious stammer, use the wireless to address the kingdom.

It was a trial for this king because the microphone would deliver his every sound into the ears of the listening public. And it was his opportunity to rouse the nation to the support of the critical Second World War.

The King wanted to speak to his people, as he sincerely demonstrated when he refused to relocate his family to Canada, during the bombings of London, in the Second World War, raising higher in the people's affection.

George VI followed common advice to try such things as smoking to squelch the stammering. He became addicted, and lung cancer took his life at a young 56-years. More about this fascinating Story

photo credit: The Roosevelts and the Royals by Will Swift Will Swift

Listen to the King's Speech

Complete with the sounds of the vinyl disc (first video), listen to the actual speech from September 3rd 1939, as World War II entered the public conscience as a reality.

Filming Colin and Helena

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filming colin and helena

The Duke and Duchess of York visit the elocutionist at his private home, for dual purposes. Firstly, the monarch offers apologies for past offenses to the speech therapist.

It is a dramatic interchange, between the two gentlemen, and witnessed by their wives. The King successfully reengages the tutor's services for his upcoming project - delivery of his proclamation of War on Germany, to the British Empire, and the listening world.

photo credit: Filming Colin and Helena

King George V Might Have Read the Talent Code

The Talent Code
The Talent Code

Parallels between the King's speech practice sessions and Dan Coyle's portrayals of deep practice in everything from art to futsal.

 

The King's Speech

The King's Speech
The King's Speech

The film's worth repeated viewings.

 

Have You Seen the King's Speech

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george vi farthing

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Comments About the King's Speech Film

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      stanger66 

      5 years ago

      The Kings Speech is a fantastic film

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      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @DrBillSmithWriter: Fascinating. I loved the film and I've always wondered about the connection between stammering and being left-handed. I believe it's true to say that stammering affects mainly left-handed males?

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun - being the second SquidLike on this neat lens! SquidAngel blessed, as well! ;-)

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      Karen1960 

      5 years ago

      Interesting info about the speech therapy, but your introductory paragraph is incorrect. Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George was the second son of George V (Queen Victoria's grandson). He was born in 1895. His older brother, Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David, was the oldest son (there was no older brother Albert who died).

      George V was the first monarch to broadcast to the nation on the wireless. George VI felt he had to continue the tradition his father had started, despite his stammer.

      You also refer to George V's Christmas speech of 1938. But George V died in 1936 (the year Edward VIII abdicated and George VI ascended the throne).

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      TransplantedSoul 

      5 years ago

      A well done film.... but was a little dry.

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