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Public speaking gives many people hebbie jeebies. Stage fright is normal while some people are able to overcome it, some accept it as their weakness. Adolf Hitler, one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world had oration, as one of his best talents.You will be surprised to know that Hitler was extremely self-conscious about his appearance and his talent for oration did not come naturally.
In order to make his visual impact as persuasive as his words, he asked his personal photographer Heinrich Hoffmann to take photos of him rehearsing speeches. Despite being ordered to destroy those photographs, Hoffmann kept them in his studio.
His acumen for public speaking was first developed in beer halls, where his rants would start precise and out cool and then escalate into hypnotic histrionics as his audience became more engaged.
He would try various gestures and expressions then review the photos to see if he looked stupid or stunning.
"He was an absolutely spellbinding public speaker and these pictures show that it was something he worked very hard on." -ROGER MOORHOUSE
"We have this image now of Hitler almost as a buffoon, but his speeches made people sincerely believe he would lead them back to greatness." -ROGER MOORHOUSE
"He was a very modern politician. He was concerned about how he looked and his public persona." -ROGER MOORHOUSE
"He had that ability to make people stop thinking critically and just emote."- EGON HANFSTAENGL
"It derived from his readiness to appear bare and naked before his audience, to tear open his heart and display it." -EGON HANFSTAENGL