Summary of Say It Like Obama

The Power of Speaking with Purpose and Vision

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Say It Like Obama book summary
Barack Obama got where he is today by using the Greek-named techniques of classical rhetoric.

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President Barack Obama’s considerable ability to capture people’s attention and move them to action is closely tied to his exceptional oratorical skills. But how exactly does he do it? Shel Leanne, president of a leadership development firm, dissects Obama’s powerful speaking style and shows how it is integral to his entire leadership package. Using examples from Obama’s speeches, she explains how you can improve your own communication and leadership capabilities. The book is practical and readable, although repetitive, and it would have been even more useful had the designer set off the speech excerpts more clearly from the rest of the text. getAbstract considers this work essential for any aspiring speaker’s library. Even if you never become president of the U.S., you will probably find yourself in front of a group of colleagues, employees or students whom you need to impress.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How rhetorical skills made President Barack Obama one of the best orators in modern history
  • Which rhetorical techniques Obama uses
  • How to motivate people through leadership
 

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Separating Barack Obama’s leadership skills from his talent as one of the most accomplished speakers of the current era is difficult. Observers have compared Obama’s oratorical skills to those of Bill Clinton, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy and...
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About the Author

Shel Leanne is president of the Wishel Corporation, a leadership development firm. She has worked for McKinsey & Company and Morgan Stanley, and taught at Harvard University. She is the author of //How to Interview Like a Top MBA. //


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