Best Public Speakers Series: Studying Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a politician serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district. The district includes the eastern part of the Bronx, portions of north-central Queens, and Rikers Island in New York City.

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We reviewed her interview on the Daily Show: Bringing Moral Courage to American Politics


  1. Great use of meaningful gestures to match verbal messages. Strong tone. (1:20)

  2. Uses laughter to let personality shine through. Comes across as relatable. (1:32)

  3. Incorporates vocal variety to highlight important points. Stresses key words and pauses strategically for greater impact, e.g., “values and goals”(3:30)

  4. Eye contact is strong which increases connection with the interviewer (5:20)

  5. Uses humor and empathy to lighten the mood and engage the audience. (7:55)