Professionally Speaking...

I spent most of last week at the American Society for Training and Development ( ASTD ) International Conference and Expo (8000+ attendees) here in Washington, DC at the very impressive Walter E. A month prior to the conference, they set up a LinkedIn group for conference speakers as a forum to ask questions and share ideas/best practices. This is also a great way to archive the 'in the moment' participant comments for future sharing or dissemination.

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Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

Talk About the Audience’s Concerns Notice that when Obama addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time , he told our story before he told his own. He talked about our sleepless nights, for example, and the college admission that might have to be turned down because of a lack of financing. This is as true for business presentations as it is for political campaigns. We make a serious error if we mistake a complete argument for a persuasive one.

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President Obama's speech at Westminster awarded a B-

Max Atkinson

Taking rhetoric, content and delivery into account, I'd have given the original great communicator a straight A and a B- for his sucessor. And a similar verdict from Mark Mardell, the BBC's North American editor : 'It didn't quite work. The time for our leadership is now.

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Will Obama's speech tomorrow match up to Reagan's Westminster masterpiece in 1982?

Max Atkinson

Not for the first time, he finds himself up for comparison with Ronald Reagan, whose speech to both houses of parliament in 1982 was a tour de force of the kind that earned him the title of 'the great communicator'. A] And, yes, voices have been raised protesting their sacrifice for lumps of rock and earth so far away. [B] B] [A] But those young men aren't fighting for mere real estate. [B] For months and months the world news media covered the fighting in El Salvador.

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On the death of Margaret Thatcher: notes on the evolution of charismatic woman

Max Atkinson

Nor had I ever voted for Margaret Thatcher at the time when I wrote the following (first posted on the blog 4 years ago). But, when Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979 after winning the first of three UK general elections, there were no such obvious models for women.

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