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12 Speaking Lessons From Barack Obama

  1. 1. 12<br />Speaking Lessons From <br />Barack Obama<br />
  2. 2. The American President Barack Obama<br />captured world's attention on 10th February 2008 through his famous speech announcing his candidature for the President ship given on the steps of the Old State Capitol in Illinois. The whole world watched his historic victory speech on 4th November 2008 when he became the 44th President-Elect. Obama's speeches remind us the power of words but we know we may not be able to speak like him. Rather we may not even want to speak like Obama. But may be we can learn from the way Obama speaks in order to influence and inspire our audiences.<br />
  3. 3. With his excellent public speaking skills President Obama connects with millions of people. It may be a good idea to consider learning from him on how to influence our audiences. No doubt Obama is a master in inspiring his audience’s, which is the number one goal of any public speaker. Here are 12 speaking lessons learned from Barack Obama :<br />
  4. 4. Lesson # 1 : Define the audience <br />To create interest among our audience, we must give them a good reason to listen to us. Their time is valuable, and that means that from our audience's viewpoint, our speech has to answer a simple question: " What's in it for me? "<br />
  5. 5. Lesson # 2 : Develop the speech <br />To make a great speech, we need to start by building a great outline that includes timing along with the what's, why's, and how’s of the speech. Keep in mind the audience and objectives of the speech while preparing it.<br />
  6. 6. Lesson # 3 : Practice, practice, practice<br />Having a solid outline for the speech is absolutely necessary, but the next critical step is rehearsal. It helps in anticipating and avoiding troubles before they happen. We can also join Toastmasters, volunteer to speak at local events and practice at work. The more we speak, the better we will be.<br />
  7. 7. Lesson # 4 : Nervous to natural<br />Be ourselves. An audience will know if we are trying to be someone we are not. Relax - our best self is our real self. Our audience is almost nervous as we are. Involve them as soon as possible to calm everyone's nerves.<br />
  8. 8. Lesson # 5 : Breath<br />Before we open our mouth, take a deep breath and look at the audience. Connect with their eyes, take in their energy and begin.<br />
  9. 9. Lesson # 6 : The first three minutes<br />The first three minutes of the speech is crucial since our audience's attention is naturally high. We have only one chance to make a first impression and we need to grab the audience attention, build rapport, and ensure that they will buy-in immediately to what we are saying.<br />
  10. 10. Lesson # 7 : Keep it simple<br />Have few main points and use numerous real-life examples for each one. Our audiences are keen to learn something new and they are not waiting to test our knowledge.<br />
  11. 11. Lesson # 8 : Make all movements purposeful<br />Moving just to move or out of nervousness is annoying for the audience. There is no need to move all the time. Try standing planted from time to time.<br />
  12. 12. Lesson # 9 : Slow down<br />People often speak too fast when they are nervous. Slow down. Take something to the podium with us that will serve as our reminder to slow down. Obama is a master in this and remember how effective it is.<br />
  13. 13. Lesson # 10 : Bring a visual <br />Place something on the podium that makes us smile. It could be a picture of our family, a silly toy or a rock from the ocean. It might sound silly, but it really works!<br />
  14. 14. Lesson # 11 : Close it right<br />A fine closing will make our audience feel good about what they've learned. Try to inspire them to act and leave them with something by which to remember us and our key message. Make sure to end our speech with a bang!<br />
  15. 15. Lesson # 12 : Take feedback<br />Audience evaluations are also useful tool for improving our performance and gauging how effective our speech has been. But when we do this, it is important to avoid the temptation to take reviews personally and defend ourselves. Remember, we can even learn from a crank if we are willing to listen! Ask for two or three ways to improve. Then implement their suggestions. <br />
  16. 16. I believe great speakers aren't always born - they can also be trained. If we work to develop our skills, we can become much better at speaking. Once we have the right perspective, know a few tricks of speaking, and have found a good line or two, things will seems a log less challenging. Obama is a master at grabbing and keeping his audience’s attention. We may not be able to talk like Obama, but we can always be ourselves and be - A stupendous speaker who can inspire any audience. <br />
  17. 17. “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. ”<br />Thank You Very Much<br />SompongYusoontorn<br />

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