The Manner of Speaking blog gave this great quote from Franklin D Roosevelt: “Be sincere; be brief; be seated”.
Politicians can learn from this, but so can anybody that’s doing regular presentations (like academics):
Be sincere: It shows when you are not, it also shows when you are not so certain of your topic… Essentially it becomes impossible to connect to your audience (Aristotle called it pathos).
Be brief: Know what you want to say, and say it. Don’t bore the audience with lots of… well, crap. They won’t listen, because you will loose all credibility (Aristotle called it ethos). You will also not display logical argument (Aristotle called it logos)
Be seated: This also speaks to some people’s credibility. It reminds me of the quote “Better keep your mouth closed and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.” which seems to be attributed to numerous people in many ways.
Maybe we should pay more attention to what the great leaders and minds of the past said (and may I remind you that we had some 2300 years odd to make Aristotle words sink in…).[an interesting blog post on Aristotle and public speaking here]
Maybe you think I should pay attention too …?