A memorable performer
Barack Obama will be president for just a few more weeks. One of the tings we'll miss about him is his ability to speak in public. Listening to Obama speak always made me think of lines from an old Joni Mitchell song called "For the Roses ". It's about becoming a rock star:
"Up the charts, off to the airportYour name's in the newsEverything's first classThe lights go downAnd it's just you up thereGetting them to feel like that."
It's just you. But that's exactly what makes listening to someone speak publicly so exciting. With Obama, the crowds wanted the man and his message, no more and no less, and they got it because he used simplicity, restraint and naturalness to make his message memorable.
This week, our language exercises explore three topics. First, we look at the overall structure of a simple presentation based on the rhetorical "rule of three". Then we study the stylistic elements of restraint. And finally we practise the grammar you need to make your presentation sound natural.Anne Hodgson
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