November 27, 2009

バラク・オバマ第44代アメリカ合衆国大統領・スピーチプレゼンテーション from Steve Berghoff, NIC EAP Director

NIC_Obama_Steve11月14日(土)のバラク・オバマ第44代アメリカ合衆国大統領の初講演会に参加したNIC EAP Dirdctor, Steve Berghoff先生にオバマ大統領のスピーチプレゼンテーションについて、コメントしてもらいました。

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On November 14, 2009, President Barak Obama gave a speech at Suntory Hall in Tokyo. I was fortunate to attend this speech, and as I watched and listened to him, I couldn’t help but think of how good a speaker he really is. He is one of the American Democratic Party’s great contemporary orators. This is perhaps one thing that Barack Obama’s fans and foes do agree on, that he’s an impressive and inspiring orator. Which then lead me to think about our NSD class presentations and your EAP teachers training you on giving a good speech. President Obama is a good example of a good speaker: presenting a good Introduction (using Attention getters such as telling a good story, or using humor), Delivery, not using your notes (or how to use them effectively and as little as possible), considering your Audience (their beliefs, opinions, and values), and identifying with the audience speaking about what they have in common with the speaker.

Toastmasters International (an elite international speech club) lists 4 ways to be an eloquent speaker:

# 1 - Be vocal

Barack Obama often raised his voice at precisely the right time especially when he wanted to emphasize a certain point. Voice fluctuations lead to emphasis key words that allow the listener to perk up. If you want to improve your speaking skills – work on this point the most. Be vocal.

#2 – Pause for persuasion

When you are speaking and you want a strong point to come across to the audience, force yourself to pause for persuasion. Pause and allow your important ideas to sink in.

#3 – Make direct eye contact

While this principle is important for one on one communication, it’s important to show whom you are speaking with the proper eye contact. This conveys confidence. If you look down or away from the audience, the perception is one of weakness. That is NOT eloquent.

So, when I watched and listened to President Obama , I observed that he often turned to the right to make a point with a rise, then he turned to his left with a fall of his head to finish his point. His arms moved, his body orientation did not change and he didn’t let his arms get too far away from his body. His gestures and his posture were all controlled. At all times, he looked directly at the audience and did not read any notes.

#4 – Show empathy

Finally, take the time to show empathy. In this way, you draw your audience in that much deeper. Barack Obama has mastered this skill.



On November 14, President Barak Obama eloquently followed the Toastmasters advice. The audience laughed at his humor, appreciated his empathy when he spoke about the abducted Japanese by North Korea and the global threat of nuclear weapons.

In short, like President Obama, be vocal, pause for persuasion, make direct eye contact and show empathy – practice all of these and they will lead you to higher levels of success in your speaking endeavors.


Posted by ktukjp at 20:13