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A Naked Week – 17

Naked Leader Week – 17 – 11 August, 2003

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The Book on CD

 Have spent some of the warm weather on the beach…and in the studio, recording book one. Challenging news is that the maximum CD length is 80 minutes, so am only doing Journey of Self for now.

An audio extract will be included in a naked week soon – just need to work out how to do this!

Events in September

Please check out site for list of events in September, in particular Byte Night (if you work in IT please join us), Steve Rock’s evening at Heathrow on Sunday 14th and New Zealand.

We have many members on the network in New Zealand and I hope we have the opportunity to meet when I am in this beautiful country. My itinerary is on the site.


From Book Two – The Naked Leader Experience

 The speech that rekindled loyalty and arguably won the US Civil War…

 Was not the Gettysburg address, it was the speech that Colonal Chamberlain gave to a large group of northern deserters that had been given to him the day before the biggest battle of the entire war.

And he desperately needed them to join his Maine regiment for the upcoming battle.

Impeccably researched, and based on “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara, the film Gettysburg is the definitive account of a battle that saw more men killed in three days than died in the entire Vietnam War.

And in that battle many historians agree that it was Colonal Chamberlain’s holding of Little Round Top that won the battle, and saw the turning point in the whole war

As you read his speech, made entirely off the cuff, note his skills at using the word “we,” his constant linking of the overall aim of the war with the present choice the men face, and most of all his repeated use of three points together – one of the most powerful techniques in presentations. I have underlined the threes, because of their power.

This is quite simply the most powerful and persuasive speech I have ever seen

re-enacted on film:

“I’ve been ordered to take you men with me, I’m told that if you (laughs quietly) don’t come I can shoot you. Well, you know I won’t do that. Maybe somebody else will, but I won’t, so that’s that.

 Here’s the situation, the Whole Reb army is up that road aways waiting for us, so this is no time for an argument like this, I tell you. We could surely use you fellahs, we’re now well below half strength.

 Whether you fight or not, that’s up to you, whether you come along is…well, your coming.

 You know who we are and what we are doing here, but if you are going to fight alongside us there are a few things I want you to know

 This regiment was formed last summer, in Maine

 There were a thousand of us then, there are less than 300 of us now

 All of us volunteered to fight for the Union, just as you have

 Some came mainly because we were bored at home, thought this looked like it might be fun

 Some came because we were ashamed not to

 Many of came because it was the right thing to do

 And all of us have seen men die

 This is a different kind of army

 If you look back through history you will see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot

 They fight for land, power, because a king leads them, or just because they like killing

 But we are here for something new, this has not happened much, in the history of the world

 We are an army out to set other men free

 America should be free ground, all of it, not divided by a line between slave states and free – all the way from here to the Pacific Ocean

 No man has to bow. No man born to royalty

 Here we judge you by what you do, not by who your father was

 Here you can be something

 Here is the place to build a home

 But it’s not the land, there’s always more land

 It’s the idea that we all have value – you and me

 What we are fighting for, in the end, we’re fighting for each other

 Sorry, I didn’t mean to preach

 You go ahead and you talk for awhile

 If you choose to join us and you want your muskets back you can have them – nothing more will be said by anyone anywhere

 If you choose not to join us well then you can come along under guard and when this is al over I will do what I can to ensure you get a fair trial, but for now we’re moving out

 Gentlemen, I think if we lose this fight we lose the war, so if you choose to join us I will be personally very grateful

 114 out of 120 deserters joined with the regiment immediately, with another 4 joining later.


25 August 2003






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