It’s Good to be Memorable When You Speak – But NOT for all the Wrong Reasons!

This is a fascinating clip of how definitely NOT to present, that has been doing the rounds on YouTube.

It features an Ohio Councilman – Phil Davison – who is giving what could definitely be described as an extremely “memorable” Stump Speech, in pursuit of the Republican Nomination to become Stark County Treasurer.

But, as you will quickly notice, Phil is “memorable” for all the wrong reasons, as his speech quickly descends into occupying that rare territory – and achieving that rare status – of actually being “so bad – that it’s almost brilliant”!

However, all is not lost – as luckily for us all – Phil has a “Masters Degree in Communication” – as he reliably (and ironically) informs us, about 1 minute in to his Speech…

During our Presentation Skills sessions at Working Voices we encourage participants to get very opinionated as to who they might think of as being a “good” speaker (to identify as a potential positive role-model); who they might think of as being an “indifferent” speaker; and of course – equally interesting and powerful to note – who they might think of as being a “bad speaker”, with certain traits or habits to avoid.

We have all of us experienced “Death by Powerpoint” and “Make a mental note to hang myself during Keynote” on far more occasions than we might care to remember. So it is often very interesting to ask ourselves why?

WHAT IS IT that a particular Speaker is doing, to get in the way of their being perceived as a good communicator and what specifically is contributing to making their Communication Skills fall so short of what we would prefer to expect?

So – as an invitation – why not put on your best critiqueing pants (!) and let’s get critical!

Enjoy getting really opinionated as to why you think it is – and what specifically it is that he is doing – that causes it to all go so awry for Phil Davison…

And why not tell us what you think?

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