ASCH Principal Betty George on how Winston Churchill’s persuasive language changed history
I went to see the film “Darkest Hour”, the story of what has become known as “Britain’s Darkest Hour”. Regardless of what you might think of Churchill, it is widely acknowledged that his power of speech and his employ of the English language were extraordinary. And it’s the power of language to influence that I’m interested in here.
It was June 1940, and Britain was so close to surrender. Churchill had virtually no support for his bid to go to war. Also, the government did not believe it possible to rescue the service men and women trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Furthermore, they couldn’t conceive that Britain could effectively go to war against the perceived might of the German forces. They concluded there was no alternative other than to negotiate Britain’s surrender with Hitler.
Churchill resorted to his awesome skills: persuasion and influencing language. His now-legendary “…we shall fight them on the beaches…” speech to parliament on 4th June 1940 changed history. Britain went to war, and the Dunkirk evacuation saved many thousands of lives. As Lord Halifax said, “He has mobilised the English language and taken it to war!!”
Persuasive language and Influencing skills are essential elements in our Clinical Hypnotherapy Training Courses and practice. You can imagine how their power can help change negative emotional states for the better.
Our next course starts on 3rd March 2018, in Canterbury, Kent.