In my recently published book, Say It Like Obama: The Power of Speaking With Purpose and Vision (McGraw-Hill, October 2008), I analyze for readers the key practices that have enabled Barack Obama to emerge as one of the most effective and powerful orators in a political generation. Obama’s techniques and best practices can clearly be employed with great effect through speeches and prepared remarks. Some people have wondered whether we can employ those same best practices during extemporaneous speaking. To borrow a phrase from Obama—“Yes we can!” Senator Joe Biden showed this brilliantly with his outstanding debate performance at the vice presidential debate of October 2, 2008.
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