3 Public Speaking Tips from Barack Obama

Commentator Carmine Gallo for Forbes delves into three of Barack Obama’s most effective public speaking tips, with fascinating visual examples of his points.

The first tip is transcendence, where Obama can “take us to another place” with his descriptive vivid language of a talking point. Gallo compares this approach with a Bruce Springsteen lyric, where an idea has a greater impact because you can clearly visualize the image.

In addition, Gallo discusses Obama’s use of repetition in the structure of the speech to accentuate his thoughts. For example, Obama repeats the phrase “I believe…” for emphasis in his cadence during the 2004 Convention speech.

He also is a master at using gestures and voice to excite and inspire the crowd. “Vocal delivery and pacing adds impact to the words.”