This current presidential race between Barack Obama and John McCain is providing a lot of learning material for sales, leadership and especially for public speaking.
I still haven’t had an opportunity to review all of my notes for the past two debates. I’ll probably have to put together a report when this is all said and done and let everyone just download it from the site.
But my alerts are still working. And apparently I’m not alone in looking at this race through a behavioral performance lens. Here is a little ditty coming all the way from Denver, Colorado entitled “Top 10 Things John McCain Should Really Stop Doing In Public Speaking”.
I like what Teague, the author, says about public speaking. He says, “There’s a reason why public speaking is generally feared more than death — because when it goes badly, death sometimes seems preferable.” I’m sure that there have been times when all of us who have ever stood before an audience have said, “you know, I really wish I hadn’t done that. Can I please hit the reset button now?”
This is a fairly short read written with a liberal helping of “tongue in cheek”, but pay particular attention to the last point. It’s the crux of any public speaking event. You have to connect with your own message. If you don’t, no one else will connect with you.