CNN wire, afternoon, June 4: "He was an obscure state lawmaker. But after a 17-minute star-making turn as a keynote speaker at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and a scant two years in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama is on the verge of becoming his party's presidential nominee."
You can love or loathe Senator Obama, but you presumably will acknowledge the accuracy of the remark above!
(FYI, my First Post at tompeters.com was a rave review of Senator Obama's 2004 speech in Boston.)
Seventeen good minutes—and you, too, can have a 50-50 chance of occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!
Well, probably not, but you get my point—I've made it before, albeit without evidence that's this drop-dead compelling.
Fact, in "our" more modest worlds: Poor or average or even "okay" presentation skills trip up or hold back an incredible number of very talented people at all levels, including the highest in big orgs—and yet it is rare to see someone launch a martial-arts-training-like, no-bull, I'm-gonna-master-this-or-die-trying offensive on presentation skill improvement.
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