The University of Liverpool Podcast

The University of Liverpool Podcast

#30 Can Donald Trump deliver a great speech?

April 03, 2018

Donald Trump's detractors criticize the president's speaking style for its seeming lack of coherence, simplicity and its appeal to raw emotions. Yet to his supporters, Trump's extemporaneous style communicates an honest and genuine connection with his audience. It is a style that stands in stark contrast to the rehearsed, formally structured speeches of his political opponents. Dr Karl Simms is a Reader in English at the University of Liverpool and an expert on rhetoric. In this episode, he dissects Trump’s discursive strategies and distills what they teach us about effective communication.

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