Is this the speech a nation has been waiting for?

Joe Biden's speech

It’s been described as pitch perfect, a great speech, and ‘what a president sounds like’ when addressing a national crisis. But it didn’t come from the President. Former vice-president Joe Biden, the presumptive challenger to Donald Trump in November, delivered a highly-acclaimed speech today aimed at starting the healing process in the US after the …

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How will your speeches and presentations be judged?

How do you judge a speech, particularly a political speech? By what it achieves at the moment of delivery? Or should history be the true judge? Recent events in Washington had Eliot Cohen pondering this question in an article last week in The Atlantic magazine. Cohen is dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of …

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What story choice tells you about political promises

We are depressingly familiar with politicians changing their stories. Doing flip-flops. Making U-turns. But now, it seems, politicians are changing their stories in a different – and dark – way. Dr Nick Morgan is a communications expert whose opinion we value highly. In fact Nick has been an occasional contributor to this blog. Now he’s …

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Lessons for us all from school for politicians

Politicians have to connect with their audience. That’s what helps get them votes. It’s just as important for the rest of us to connect with our audiences. We may not want to get votes – but we do want buy-in to our vision and ideas. So take a tip from the Campaign School – tell stories, straight from your heart.