Jan 7, 2008
Public speaking on the campaign trail
There are some interesting lessons on public speaking that can be gleaned from the current presidential race. Here are a few. Mike Huckabee displays poise while answering a question he deems inappropriate. Also, pay attention to the interviewer: he asks a question, Huckabee answers it, yet the interviewer asks the question again -- probably because he wasn't paying close attention to the answer. Huckabee, again, using (mean) humour to make a point. If he can use humour in a presidential debate, why don't more people use humour in business presentations? No, I don't advocate nasty humour unless you are a professional comedian. Speaking of John Edwards: these two clips shows how you use a catch phrase (in this case, "You can't 'nice' these people to death") and keep a constant message. Mitt Romney, showing how you control your Q&A session. Don't get mad, keep your smile. Hillary Clinton showing emotion in her statements. Public speaking is not about being stone-faced during your entire speech. If you feel anger, display anger. Controlled anger, but anger nevertheless. Clinton, again, noting the evolution of language: Barack Obama showing the dramatic difference in energy between reading a speech and delivering a speech. Body movement from Barack Obama. Ok, it's not on the campaign trail but you gotta love a guy who dances like that!