3 Techniques Bill Clinton Uses To Wow An Audience | Fast Company

Great followup to the class discussion on what makes Clinton such a skilled speaker:

The basic speaking techniques Clinton embraces, front and center last night in Charlotte, when he impressively ad libbed about 15% of his speech, to great effect, can be used by you to boost your presentation skills.

via 3 Techniques Bill Clinton Uses To Wow An Audience | Fast Company.


3 thoughts on “3 Techniques Bill Clinton Uses To Wow An Audience | Fast Company”

  1. I felt like one of the most important parts of Bill Clinton’s speech was one that did not get very much media attention. I really appreciated the way her reached out to moderates and even republicans in a time of gridlock partisanship and pointed out that he does not hate the republican party. He showed several examples of accomplishments made by republican presidents (mostly focusing on Eisenhower.) I read part of a book called “The President’s Club,” which details the strong relationship that President Clinton had with Richard Nixon, and the advice that Nixon gave him while as he fulfilled his duties as President. His speech was a great example of the importance of giving credit where it is deserved.

  2. I agree with Brandon completely, to have a driving tone of unity in your speech in a time of disunity really moves people and makes them want to listen to you. With Clinton’s charisma, I almost think he could have gone on to say something completely off the wall about the other party and people would have believed him after that great “reach out” statement he made.

    I also really liked what the article said about being yourself: “Am I suggesting you try duplicating Bill Clinton’s delivery? Absolutely not. A speaker must be true to herself or himself. But the advice I offer to my presentation-skills workshop participants is this: When giving a presentation, be yourself–but be the best version of yourself. Your audiences expect and deserve your very best when you’re before them.”

    It’s totally true, if you just imitate Clinton in your public speaking, people will think, “He or she speaks like Clinton.”; If you are true to yourself while using effective speaking skills, people will think, “He or she is a really good speaker. I want to listen to what they have to say.”

  3. The points made by this article are quite accurate.The great speeches that are universally recalled by so many – I Have a Dream, Kennedy’s speech at the Berlin Wall – many great speeches have common elements as to how they were constructed. But it’s not just the words in the speeches that are remarkable, it’s the passion of the men who wrote and delivered them. We talk about being authentic but passion goes beyond that. it’s an energy that is transferred to the audience, who gives it back to the speaker. A speech that really works is a shared experience between speaker and audience. Clinton delivered a speech he believed in to an audience that was ready to believe it.

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