Phil Davison: when a speech becomes a screech

Phil Davison had his 15 minutes of fame. He’s become a YouTube sensation. The internet is buzzing with opinions on his speech to the Stark County Republican Party’s executive committee. Davison was seeking the nomination to run as treasurer for the county. By the way, he didn’t get it. Watch his speech. You’ll see why.

People are saying he’s unhinged, deranged, a laughing stock and a lunatic. Unbelievably, some actually said they liked the speech.

When I first saw it, I thought it was a hoax. To say he was over the top is the understatement of the year. This wasn’t a speech. It was a screech – delivered with operatic hysteria.

Davison doesn’t think he did anything wrong. He told PBS “I spoke my mind. If I had to give it again, I would give it again.”

Davison has had a hard time finding work, even though he has four degrees (one of them, ironically, a masters in communication). So all his frustration and anger came out in this speech.

There’s nothing wrong with showing passion when you speak, but you must always respect your audience.  It’s never about you when you speak. It’s all about connecting with your audience, finding a rapport with them. This connection fosters understanding. It gets your message across. Screaming doesn’t.

If Davison had connected to his audience, he could have been a contender in the race for treasurer of Stark County.

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