What We Can Learn as Speakers from ‘Hamilton’ with Carol Cox [Storytelling Series]: Podcast Ep. 197

What We Can Learn as Speakers from 'Hamilton' with Carol Cox [Storytelling Series]: Podcast Ep. 197 | Speaking Your Brand

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I admit, I’m a bit obsessed with the musical “Hamilton.”

I watched it on Disney+ the July 4th weekend it came out and was instantly transfixed. 

I knew I would like it, but didn’t realize I was going to love it. 

Today I’m going to talk about “Hamilton” the play and the production and what we can learn from it as speakers.

Why study the play? 

After all, as speakers, we’re not acting in a play or singing in a musical. We’re speaking to grow our audiences, build our businesses, generate leads, get paid.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen a lot of so-so and boring presentations, both in person at conferences and, especially this year, virtually.

Your presentations shouldn’t be flat – they can be fun and engaging and they should be layered – and speak to universal themes.

In this episode, I’m going to share what I saw as I watched “Hamilton” as well as what I learned from reading the amazing book called “Hamilton: The Revolution” that gives behind the scenes of the creation and production of the musical.

You can listen to this episode whether you’ve seen Hamilton or not. If you haven’t, this episode will hopefully inspire you to watch it.

This episode is part of our podcast series on Storytelling.

About Us: The Speaking Your Brand podcast is hosted by Carol Cox. At Speaking Your Brand, we help women entrepreneurs and professionals clarify their brand message and story, create their signature talks, and develop their thought leadership platforms. Our mission is to get more women in positions of influence and power because it’s through women’s stories and visibility that we challenge the status quo and change existing systems. Check out our coaching programs at https://www.speakingyourbrand.com.



Show notes at https://www.speakingyourbrand.com/197

Book “Hamilton: The Revolution” = https://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Revolution-Lin-Manuel-Miranda/dp/1455539740/ 

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  1. Lauren Torres on November 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Thinking about your question on the podcast about what song or moment was the most moving… putting aside my love of King George and Hamilton’s wife Elizabeth… I think the part that Burr sings in “The World was Wide Enough” might be the most meaningful moment to me. The idea that there was enough room for Hamilton and Burr. It is the root of so many of our conflicts, man against man, instead of seeing that all our our diversity is the gift that makes magic in the world.

    • Carol Cox on November 17, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      Hi, Lauren,

      I agree – that song brings me to tears. You can feel Burr’s realization (sadly too late) that his conflict with Hamilton was borne from his own insecurities. Thank you for sharing!

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