“Be yourself. Don’t feel you need to mimic the testosterone level of a motivational speaker. You will look and feel fake. Robert Kennedy never tried to copy Martin Luther King’s rhetorical skills. RFK was soft-spoken. He owned that. And as a result, was every bit as affecting as King.”
This quote comes from a terrific Harvard Business Review blogpost by Dan Pallotta called “Delivering The Speech of Your Life.” I love the RFK example because he was clearly a sensitive introvert — if you’re curious to learn more about his life, check out this excellent biography by Evan Thomas.
I never thought of any politician as being an introvert. He was soft spoken, but an introvert? I may have to read that biography and see for myself.
Yes, truly, you’ll see! At some point maybe I’ll do a longer post about him.
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