Posted By Judy on September 25, 2014
It is one year since Janet Napolitano took over as President of the University of California. Throughout that time, the former head of U.S. Homeland Security has been getting to know Californians through speaking engagements. I think her style deserves a closer look to exam her Speaking Strengths.
I had the pleasure of hearing Napolitano speak in San Francisco, as part of the City Arts and Lectures series. That interview was only released on audio for a limited time, but you can see her in action in this clip from an interview with the Public Policy Institute of California. Watch as she clarifies with statistics.
Speaking Strength: Clarity
Napolitano’s over-arching Speaking Strength is “Clarity” which is the ability to be unambiguous and concise. She doesn’t rattle off statistics without concern for the listener. Her messaging includes full declarations, stories, and points of view that are easy to understand.
Speaking Strengths: Authenticity and Humor
Napolitano also demonstrates the Speaking Strength “Authenticity” which is to be genuine and real. She even selectively uses the Speaking Strength “Humor” (to be aumusing or funny) when taking about obvious ironic situations she has faced in her career, which spanned from U.S. Attorney and Governor of Arizona, all the way to the President’s Cabinet.
It is true that 20 years of high-level public service provided the perfect opportunity for Napolitano to hone her Speaking Strengths. And make no mistake, honing is required by all of us. Those same Speaking Strengths – or one of the other Top Ten Speaking Strengths can be developed in you, too, with some professional coaching.
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Public figures can be great role models for Speaking Strengths. Speaking for impact is not an accident, it’s a skill. We would love to hear which public figures you admire as public speakers and why.