Saturday, March 30, 2013

High-Impact Public Speaking: Approaching the Podium Not Ploddingly or Haltingly, but with Zeal and Determination

After Defense Secretary Chuck Hagle’s miserable performance during his Senate confirmation hearing, during which he often looked diffident and unsure, I was anxious to see what sort of impression he will create at his first news conference, especially during the opening moments. For instance, will he enter the room and walk toward the speaking platform with plodding and uncertain steps, or will he instead project zest and vigor?  Will his entrance into the room be halting and unsure, or will he manifest energy, enthusiasm, and conviction? 

Happily for this supporter of the new defense secretary, Hagle has not disappointed. Click on the 7-second video clip below, which is from his first news conference at the Pentagon, and note: (i) his brisk entrance through the door (presumably, he must have come down the corridor with face-paced steps), and (ii) how he exudes firmness and confidence as he walks up to the lectern and takes his place behind the mike with alacrity and a smile, as should any presenter.

© Copyright 2013  V. J. Singal

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