Wednesday, 4 January 2012

HOW TO GIVE A BETTER SPEECH THAN OBAMA and change your world - (The Iron Lady's first speech as PM) Darren Kelly, Kellcomm, Blog - Day 45


When Barack Obama gave his most famous speeches,he faced audiences that loved and praised his work. However, it is impossible to always face an audience that adores you. There will be times when your audiences are sceptical or worried, and you must use your greatest skills for such challenges. But what if your audience is abusive? When Obama was called a liar by Congressman Joe Wilson during Obama’s speech in the Senate in 2009, I smiled because there was much consternation over the attack. It made me ponder the differences between American and British politics. While American politics is more vicious in its negative campaigning, it does adopt a more respectful approach to discussions in the Senate. British politics is not as personally cruel in the campaign for votes, but life in the House of Commons can be a rowdy affair. When you speak in the House of Commons, you have to deal with the negative energy and barrage of insults that your opponents deliver. Even a rhinoceros would admit that their skin is not thick enough to deal with such criticism.

The Iron Lady’s first speech a Prime Minister was delivered on the steps of No. 10 Downing Street. As she spoke, you could hear the screams of abuse from her opponents who stood at the gates of Downing Street. It’s interesting to note that she kept her composure, focussed on her message, and she concentrated on delivering her beliefs to the public watching at home. It was a lesson in how to give a speech under pressure.
I listened to the Tony Livesy show on BBC Radio 5 Live last night. The discussion was on ‘The Iron Lady’, and whether you could admire somebody you disagreed with. The opinions were divided and proved once again that the debate on ‘The Iron Lady’s’ legacy could go on forever. I have noted some of her exceptional communication skills in this blog, but tomorrow, I will reveal her biggest weakness.

Take care,


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