Friday, 6 January 2012

HOW TO GIVE A BETTER SPEECH THAN OBAMA and change your world - (The Iron Lady, Obama and Marilyn Monroe) Darren Kelly, Kellcomm, Blog - Day 46


Former Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann compared herself to ‘The Iron Lady’ recently. She told a crowd of supporters in Iowa “We need another Margaret Thatcher, another Iron Lady.” Republicans were thrilled when ‘The Iron Lady’ came to power in the UK in 1979 because it helped them believe that the conservative candidate Ronald Reagan could become President. Times have changed and while I have analysed some of ‘The Iron Lady’s’ great communication skills, I must also highlight her weaknesses. There were times when she handed her critics a plate of venom to throw back at her. Francois Mitterrand once said, "Mrs. Thatcher has the eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe."

I will refer to three examples where ‘The Iron Lady’ did herself no favours. I will compare her style to Obama’s for greater understanding.

1 When you see Obama under pressure in a media interview, he keeps his energy levels intact. When ‘The Iron Lady’ was attacked verbally by a reporter, her annoyance was always obvious by her aggressive body language. Her steely eyes revealed her thoughts before she opened her mouth.

2 When Obama receives a personal attack, he responds with dignity because he understands that retaliation makes him look bad. He uses his legal skills to break the criticism down and respond with a very structured and intelligent viewpoint. ‘The Iron Lady’ had no problems with fighting fire with fire. Her views were delivered as if no thought was given to the depth of the question. While this may seem strong to some people, it showed a weakness of self-control to others.

3 When Obama appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show recently with his wife Michelle, he admitted that his communication during the election campaign was far better than since he took office. He admitted that the American people have not received the story of the journey for recovery. He understands that like all leaders in business, he got bogged down in the paperwork and failed to communicate with the people who really drive the economy. This he said would be rectified. Did ‘The Iron Lady’ ever openly admit any such mistakes?

Tomorrow, I will reveal some of the things Tony Blair learned from ‘The Iron Lady’

Take care,


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