What can we learn of the debate Biden-Palin Vice Presidential

I watched the vice presidential debate from two perspectives. As a voter I want to hear what both had to say. But I also wanted to see what it could be deduced from a perspective of leadership development and learning.

To be notable leaders, we must communicate with force. The debate provided a wonderful laboratory to learn to examine oral skills and methods of persuasion. Here are the lessons I learned, and how you can use as a leader.

- Be yourself. Governor Palin was hot and down to earth. I believe this is really her. She smiled often spoken - errors of pronunciation, oral habits (ie, "too") and all. Senator Biden became emotional at one point when talking about his family, and share his extensive experience in the Senate.

When speaking of a group, be yourself. Do not try to be "similar" to another person as a speaker. Find your own voice and be authentic.

- Play with your strengths. Both candidates played to their strengths and helped them to communicate more successfully.

Knowing your strengths and use them as a communicator. Talk to your experience and speaks from his unique perspective and be more persuasive.

- Make eye contact. Governor Palin was exceptional in less facing the camera - the closest thing we could do to viewers looking in the eye. Eye contact issues. Both candidates looked at his notes at different times, but not often while talking.

In groups of 1 or 100,000, eye contact - the connection is built, understanding and trust.

- Be clear on your core message. Both candidates had specific things we wanted to highlight, and made sure I made those points.

A clear purpose, with the repetition will help you communicate more effectively and efficiently.

- Answer the question. In this respect, none of the candidates did exceptionally well, but candidates rarely do this kind of event. In general, public perception, either or both would be better if he had answered the questions to be asked directly.

People ask because they want to know the answer. As a speaker or leader must ensure that we understand the question, answer, and make sure that people understand our response. Anything less reduces our effectiveness and persuasiveness.

These are the five lessons of the vice presidential debate. I encourage you to think about how you can apply these lessons and to see the remaining presidential debates, looking for lessons and ways to become a more effective communicator yourself.


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