Author: Virender Kapoor
If there is a common trait among world leaders, it is their influential oratory skills, which captivate their audience, make them think, and encourage the masses to act.
Examples are many. Swamy Vivekananda’s words, “Arise! Awake! And stop not till your goal is reached,” thrilled generations of Indian youngsters; Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream…” still reverberates as the powerful offensive against racism and stands for the rights of those sidelined in the society.
Narendra Modi’s growth—from a tea seller in Gujarat to the highest office in the country—is awe-inspiring. His gift of the gab and oratory skills fuelled his transformation.
How did Modi become an orator? Why is the world listening to him? How does he captivate his global audience? How does he put forth his ideas in brief and poignant sentences?
Virender Kapoor’s title, “Speaking the Modi Way,” explains how a commoner could become an orator and leader.
Modi is wont to sprinkle his speech with a few words in the local tongue whenever he addresses an audience abroad. The author finds it an effective way to win the attention of the audience, besides striking a chord with them.
Modi’s first visit to the US was an historical one. Indian-Americans had then accorded a rousing welcome to him. They received his announcement on dual citizenship with loud applause. Kapoor observes that the optimum utilization of available opportunity as one of the traits of a good orator. The book contains several such anecdotes from Modi’s speeches.
The book is the result of following Modi’s speeches over the years, and it encourages and provides an opportunity to those dreaming high.