Getting Over Yourself

September 11, 2009

Learn from President Obama’s speeches

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 8:55 am
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While Congressional Representative Joe Wilson’s interruption of the President’s speech to a joint session of Congress made big news, there really were other things to think about.

I’m going to skip the political aspects and focus on something he did that you can use.

Before his speech, many were saying that the Democrats would find many things to applaud and that the Republicans would sit on their hands. You may know something similar about your audience. And just as the President recognized that this would be the case, you can recognize your audience’s resistance–and work with it.

He did get some Republican applause by favorably mentioning John McCain and President Bush. And he didn’t just mention them, he describe what they had done and said it was good. And he said it sincerely.

If you have a reluctant audience, find something you and they can agree on. It can help you connect with them and possibly move to a point of agreement.

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