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Video of Obama’s 2015 State of the Union – analysis

 In Learning from Luminaries, Politicians

If you’re a business pitch client of mine or a 1:1 executive coaching client of mine or a participant in my Leadership, Listen and speak under pressure, or Delivering memorable messages programmes – my homework assignment for you in the next seven days is to watch Barack Obama’s recent State of the Union address.

(Even if you’re not a client/participant I urge you to watch the address). Here is the link to the address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPFT4xlNE5g

In particular pay attention to the following aspects of the presentation.

– Obama’s consummate ownership of the presentation from start to finish. The ownership of time. Pitch-perfect pauses. Never giving the impression of rushing. So in tune with the moment, connected with himself, his message and the audience.

– His ability to shift between a light and serious tone.

– How, near the latter half of the presentation, after praising the US military, he ‘drove home’ his respect for the military through repeatedly nodding, as the audience continued applauding.

– How quickly the presentation passed in time, despite it being 60 minutes.

Your Call to action/How to apply for this post: After watching the presentation consider what changes you could make to your presentation delivery. Choose one way and work on that change for the next 29 days.

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p.s. I’ll be presenting a Speaking with Impact presentation at the second ACS (Australian Computer Society) Future Leaders Institute later this month. Here’s the link to the event: http://bit.ly/1IOr2U2  Speakers at the Institute include: Terry Davis, former MD of CCA, Gail Pemberton, and Dr Stefan Hajkowicz of CSIRO Futures.

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