Sarah Palin was speaking in Charlotte, North Carolina at the weekend to the National Rifle Association (NRA)…mainly about the prospective threat to civil liberties from gun control. It was her beginning, however, that was noteworthy. In referencing an earlier radio interview Palin was able to bring up the subject of being a “redneck” and then introduce “redneck” jokes in a very self-deprecating style.
Reading “redneck” jokes from her Blackberry gave the visual impression of a stand-up comedian reading one-liner text messages from their mobile phone. Quite a feat for a good speaker to pull off.
She did so, but at times it was definitely touch and go. This humorous start to her speech then allowed her to build more substance from theÂ sense of pride and purpose that she and her audiences feel. An intriguing beginning to a purposeful speech to a very appreciative and loyal audience.
The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+