“When you speak a language, it has to be authentic.” So says David Peterson, creator of Dothraki and Valyrian languages for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Those whose native tongue is Dothraki or Valyrian speak with an authenticity that gives an air of command and authority. The strong 18 consonant sounds superbly blended with the six long and short vowel sounds have been refined to effectively invent a new language in Game of Thrones.
Daenerys Targaryen (Khaleesi) speaks High Valyrian (a refined form of Dothraki) as well as English.
Throughout the seven seasons of Game of Thrones, Valyrian is heard being delivered by those in high command, in high status roles, challenging and influencing their audiences.
The ability to make great speeches doesn’t just fall into your lap. To make great speeches, it is essential to use the full power of your voice. Use those consonants to shape your words clearly, use those vowels to create the heart of your speech, whether you are speaking Dothraki, High Valyrian or English.
Whatever you say, it is vital to be authentic in your speech. Believe in what you are saying, be present, and honour the sounds of the words you speak.
Just like Daenerys Targaryen, Khaleesi, Stormborn, Mother of Dragons, Breaker of Chains, it is possible for you to be commanding, persuasive and most importantly – authentic – you just need presence, timing and outstanding speech skills.
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