Jörg Runge is a speaker from Cologne who has been on stage at Carnival for almost two decades. He is also a communications trainer and offers courses and seminars for foolish staff. At SWR2 he explains what makes a successful speech.
Put your finger in the wound at Carnival
For him it’s about passing on the fascination for carnival, says Jörg Runge. When people come to him to take seminars on hand-written speeches, he tries to develop a character with them. It’s about what thoughts and attitudes this character has, what topics concern them, what language they use and how they express themselves physically.
The speeches are also about putting a “finger in the political wound” and sharply criticizing the authorities. The topics this year are the farmers’ protests, the poor transport infrastructure and also the shift to the right in society, which is worth considering.