June 23, 2022

“We’d like you to give a speech.” That statement sends many people into panic mode. As Jerry Seinfeld once explained:

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According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.

But then you have the people like Kamala Harris who are perfectly willing to speak in public but are utterly incompetent at it. It doesn’t have to be that way. I know that personally because giving a good speech is a learned skill that I mastered. Kamala would benefit from a “Public Speaking 101” class.

When my pet-sitting business took off, I was asked to give two speeches at an annual conference for professional pet sitters. Not wanting to talk word salad gibberish, I immediately joined Toastmasters. With the support of seasoned Toastmasters members, I improved my public speaking skills. I also discovered that I enjoyed it, viewing public speaking as entertainment.

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A year after starting at Toastmasters, when I gave my first 90-minute speech, a respectable paying audience of 50 people attended. Two days later, nearly 300 paying guests showed up at the same conference to hear my second 90-minute presentation. I was animated, self-assured, took questions, and enjoyed myself.

Biden, Harris, and word salads

If I could enhance my public speaking skills, so can Kamala Harris. Every day millions of Americans attend programs to improve their public speaking skills. It might be to give a presentation at work, speak at a city council or school board meeting, run for local office, or give a toast at a wedding. Whatever the reason, the goal is to speak coherently and with confidence.

Certainly, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the two leaders of the Free World, should be able to speak coherently in public. Some observers give Joe Biden a pass on his frequent ludicrous ramblings believing that he suffers from dementia or another mental acuity issue. Others wonder if Doctor Jill Biden ignores Joe’s obvious mental issues because being First Nurse (aka First Lady) is more important than protecting her husband’s dignity. Of course, this ignores the fact that the frail and mentally challenged Biden sits in the Oval Office with his finger on the nuclear button.

Image: Kamala Harris (edited). YouTube screen grab.

But Vice President Kamala Harris, who many say achieved her current position by way of gender and color rather than merit, has no excuse for her disastrous public speaking. She can’t claim dementia for her frequent word salads—and it’s not racist to point out she can’t form intelligible sentences. For example, at the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Harris said:

Our world is more interconnected and interdependent. That is especially true when it comes to the climate crisis, which is why we will work together, and continue to work together, to address these issues, to tackle these challenges, and to work together as we continue to work operating from the new norms, rules, and agreements, that we will convene to work together on to galvanize global action. With that, I thank you all. This is a matter of urgent priority for all of us and I know we will work on this together.