by Grace aka costofcollege
… Great speeches require something Clinton has refused to give: exposure, access, the illusion of intimacy….
Rhetorical skill alone has become something of an essential skill for the modern politician. It has put several of them on the map as serious presidential contenders, from Ronald Reagan to Mario Cuomo to Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren.Consider the defining campaign speeches. At the 1992 Democratic convention, Bill Clinton memorably invoked his belief in “a place called Hope,” while George H. W. Bush delivered a weak and disjointed address littered with phrases like “serious business” and “You bet.” There were Obama’s 2008 remarks on race and John F. Kennedy’s on religious freedom.
Speech making may be important to politicians, but I doubt anyone counts on beating Clinton just “because she can’t give a good speech”. And it’s not as if many of her opponents are particularly outstanding in that department.
I agree that great public speakers give “the illusion of intimacy”, and in that way they effectively engage their audience.
Are you a good public speaker, or even a great one? How did you build up your skills? Or, do you fear public speaking? How have good or bad public speaking skills affected your career or other parts of your life? Which politicians are the best and the worst speechmakers?