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Barack Obama: A Master Class in Public Speaking [Video]

https://www.forbes.com/sites/carminegallo/2012/11/20/barack-obama-a-master-class-in-public-speaking/

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Barack Obama: A Master Class in Public Speaking [Video]
President Barack Obama uses three public-speaking techniques to captivate his audiences. Like all of us, sometimes he has an off night. When he's at his best, though, Obama is a gifted speaker who has something to teach all leaders in business and politics, regardless of their political opinions.

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What makes Obama's speeches memorable

  1. Transcendence. By using concrete and tangible language, he can transport audiences to another place and actually paint a portrait that they can see in their minds’ eye.
  2. Repetition. Used artfully, it helps to clearly emphasize one idea and make it memorable.  
  3. Gestures and voice. He uses gestures to punctuate nearly every sentence. He also uses his voice effectively: He slows it down, lowers his volume, and pauses for impact. 

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