Jan 28, 2009

Pick of the Week: President Obama's Inaugural Speech


President Obama's inaugural speech was the most discussed event last week. Since then his speech has been analyzed in a lot of presentation and public speaking blogs. While some have analyzed his content, others have delved into delivery. Here are the four posts I found noteworthy:

Scott Schwertly
The shortest analysis where he culls out just 3 learnings for presenters. It is crucial to repeat the important stuff, connect with the audience and speak with confidence.

Bert Decker
"...expectation was his enemy" marks Decker as he analyzes the pros and cons of Obama's speech. Obama's speech wins on content and delivery but lacks any memorable phrase which will remain in public memory for long.

Doug Neff
Interestingly Doug does not talk about the nitty-gritties of Obama's speech at all. He focuses on something bigger.
"...the proof of a great presentation is really in the results." writes Doug. How pertinent. Obama crafts his speeches around his 'Big Idea' and ends up getting the results!

Andrew Dlugan
The most detailed analysis of Obama's speech is here. In this marathon post Andrew draws out 5 speech writing lessons for public speakers and presenters. They are:
1. Start with a strong, simple speech outline
2. Craft impactful lines
3. Employ the magical rule of three
4. Amplify words by drawing contrasts
5. Thread your theme throughout your speech

Read his post to find out how.

I personally think Obama's speech was very pertinent. He addressed the economic concerns at the very start and with utmost honesty. The entire speech was very inspiring and powerful.

"Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age." an honest and candid Obama had remarked at the very start of his speech.

How does Obama inspire YOU as a communicator / presenter? Do leave a comment.