Colin PowellIs an American statesman and retired four-star general in theUnited States Army. He was the 65th Secretary of State, servingunder U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001-2005.
Thesis: Providing kids with proper structure and education allows them to achieve success while effectively contributing to society.
Capturing the Audience• Colin Powell, addressed the importance of structure in the lives of young people today in a casual and humorous manner which effectively captured the attention of the audience.
Keeping the Attention of Your AudienceGeneral Powell, maintained the engagement of the audience by relatingto them through personal experience and humorous realism.
Laughter is good!General Powell maintains a warm and casual feel throughout the presentation.He does this by providing subtle humor when recalling past experiences thatcorrelate to the need for structure in young peoples lives. This approach iseffective when keeping the audience interested.
Dynamism Score: 4/5Overall I feel that Colin Powell,effectively displayed many of theattributes that pertain to dynamism.He was prepared well spoken andavoided non-fluencies. He alsomaintained a positive attitudethroughout the presentation.However, I do feel that thepresentation would have benefittedfrom more enthusiasm.
Tips from: Nancy Durate• General Powell, speaks with a certain sense of humanity which allows him to effectively connect with the audience.
Tips From: Garr Reynolds• General Powell, effectively relays the information to his audience by providing the listener with simple and detailed examples of his personal experiences.
The Power of DeliveryEffective delivery keeps the audience intrigued.It is very important to present information in a deliberate and professional manner while still keeping the listeners entertained with humor and charisma. This provides an organized presentation that is easy for the listener to follow.
To Compare:• General Powell, and Sir Ken Robinson are both accredited, successful individuals in society.• They are both seasoned and well rounded when it comes to public speaking.• Each of the topics expressed deals with how young people are affected in society today.• Both effectively use personal experience and humor to convey their message.
How they Differ • Sir Robinson’s presentation is focused primarily on the education that children are receiving and how it effects their creative process.• General Powell’s presentation is based more on the structure and discipline that kids receive as they grow up and how it pertains to their future.
Tips for my Classmates There is no substitute for hard work andpreparation. The more you prepare and trulyknow your information the better chance you have at effectively getting your point across to the audience.
PassionOverall, I feel that passion is the most effective tool when deliveringa speech. It is very easy to see when a public speaker really cares about what they are presenting. It is honest and refreshing.