Christian Long

Michelle Obama: Plea for Education

In TED Talks on April 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Reflection by DANIELLA W.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Michelle Obama:  Plea for Education

Michelle’s Obama talk:  wow, I felt just honored listening to it.

Her talk was based on women but I believe it could inspire both genders. A lot of TED talks inspire, but only a select few are really personal to me.

This happens to every public speaker.  At first all you can ask is for your audience is to listen which is an obstacle in its self. Then to inspire people is a big deal, but once you’ve touched your audience to where they connect with you on a personal level is amazing and really a good feeling, especially coming for some one like the first lady because a lot of people will never meet her.

Watching this video gives you a personal connection with her even without meeting her.

Since this is the First Lady, I expected her talk to be traditional, cliché and predictable. In a sense it was because a lot of people talk about where they came from in comparison to where they are now. There are also millions of movies based on the concept, you can come from any where and become anything. Mainly in the American culture, because that’s what this country was partly founded on.

What set Mrs. Obama apart from those other talks and movies are two things: her performance and the fact we see her doing it.

What I love is she most likely has people that edit and write some of her talks for her but her performance doesn’t seem rehearsed, or read of paper. It feels like she’s talking to you on a more intimate level. In movies that apply the same concept she’s talking about, after the movie you don’t see the star character succeed every day and live the American dream. Michelle Obama is a very recent first lady and she’s everywhere in magazines, books, and all over the internet.


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