Episode 65

Obama's Famous Speech on Race: Part 2, with Special Guest Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting


April 19th, 2020

54 mins 16 secs

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About this Episode

Our fascinating conversation continues! We break down one of Obama's most pivotal and influential speeches of all time with our guest, Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, the author of The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union."

Join us in this episode to learn:

  • Obama uses the NLP technique of separating intention from behavior in order to soothe a frightened audience; how does he do it?
  • Using code switching in order to communicate messages of peace to a multiracial audience
  • The "Metaphorical Leap" language pattern and how it is used
  • Advanced pacing and leading that is done below conscious awareness
  • How parallelism is used to connect multiple stories together: Obama's story, America's story, and the story of how a young white girl and an old black man came together for a purpose.
  • A special segment toward the end where Obama references someone that Alex has a special, personal connection to.
  • And more!

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