Saturday, September 20, 2008
How to Speak like JFK
Watching a skillful orator speak is intoxicating, you feel like you are walking on a cloud. JFK is one leader that could move an audience with his message.
We can study JFK's style and learn from him. I offer my thoughts on 3 things you can learn from JFK's style.
Notice the use of repetiton to engage the audience. "We choose to go to the moon.(pause). We choose to go the moon.(long pause). We choose to go the moon..." There is something special about repetition of 3's. Also JFK used the power of the pause. See the impact of the well planned pauses in the clip.
Watch Your Timing
During the 3rd "We choose to go the moon....", the crowd erupted in applause. JFK - like a pro - didn't try to talk over the applause, he paused for a moment then finished his sentence. He exhibited good timing. It would have been less effective had he waited till the applause had totally faded away.
Add Vocal Variety
If you take a listen to the clip, you'll hear JFK's engaging voice. He spoke loud to raise a point. He placed emphasis on various words to add impact to their meaning. Going back to the first lesson on repetition, vocal variety keeps the audience engaged.
In your next presentation, remember to use the power of repetition (in 3's); and watch your timing, and add vocal variety to your style of presenting.