Comparing Political Speeches from Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [Storytelling Series]: Podcast Ep. 140

Comparing Political Speeches from Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [Storytelling Series]: Podcast Ep. 140 | Speaking Your Brand

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What can we learn from political speeches to apply to our own presentations?

Quite a bit!

For this episode, we watched speeches given by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Senator and Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC).

I’m joined by one of our speaking coaches Diane Diaz as we talk about the similarities and differences in their speeches, including:

  • Understanding who their real audience is
  • Using certain stories and historical references to relate to their audience
  • The impact of visual imagery when telling a story
  • Repetition of key phrases
  • The change in tone and content between Michelle Obama’s 2008 and 2016 DNC speeches – and why
  • The role authenticity plays
  • Stereotypes that women leaders have to overcome
  • The generational differences we see with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speaking style

This episode is part of our Storytelling series, episodes 137-140.

About Us: The Speaking Your Brand podcast is hosted by Carol Cox. In this episode, Carol is joined by one of our speaking coaches, Diane Diaz. At Speaking Your Brand, we help women entrepreneurs and professionals create their signature talks and gain more visibility to achieve their goals. Our mission is to get more women in positions of influence and power: on stages, in businesses, on boards, in the media, in politics, and in our communities. Check out our coaching programs at





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