Best Public Speakers Series: Studying Condoleezza Rice

Updated: Nov 5

Condoleezza Rice is a diplomat, political scientist, civil servant, and professor who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009 and as the 20th United States National Security Advisor from 2001 to 2005.

Creator: Chip Somodevilla | Credit: Getty Images

What we reviewed: Interview where she talks about her book


  1. Uses strong language and stresses important points to establish credibility. (1:00)

  2. Creates a sense of urgency in word choice - “We need to continue…” (2:22)

  3. Poised with a calm tone despite difficult topics. Condoleeza uses the interviewer’s name for an empathetic approach. (2:45)

  4. Demonstrates active listening by nodding along and maintaining strong eye contact. (3:50)

  5. Smiles to express her personality. (5:30)

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