As a communicator, you have to know your audience-how your audience will react to thing that will be said by you. You have to understand to the thing they will consider because most of the audience members you will be speaking to have already developed their own political beliefs or preferences about the topic.
When I took a Public Speaking class, my teacher, Mrs. Niederkorn would always say to me, “William, you got to know your audience,” whenever you are giving a speech. She would say you should put the audience first. She was very serious with it. Since then, I have made a promise to myself, and that’s, to first consider any audience I am speaking to. As a speaker, or if you would want to be good communication, what you need to know is that each audience member has already developed his or her beliefs of the subject you are speaking about. So, what your speech needs to is make the audience aligns with your position on the issue. Consider that how the statements are worded would make the audience to either side or not, with you.
That’s what one of the most powerful presidential candidates, in United States history, former governor Mitt Romney ought to have done yesterday at the National Association for the Advancement of the Colored People (NAACP) convention in Houston, Texas- to align with the audience. But instead, he chose not to when he strictly said that when he is elected as president, he would [kill] or [repeal] the Affordable Care Act or as it has began dubbed, the Obamacare Act. After the he made the statement, it was met with boo from the audience. He knows that the NAACP is [predominately] African- Americans, who strongly support President Obama. He was aware that during the 2008 presidential election about 90 percent of African- Americans voted for President Obama. Yesterday, he needed to be aware that African- Americans tangibly support the Obamacare Act that was initiated and signed into law by the President. The constitutionality of Obamacare was finalized when the Supreme Court upheld [5-4 ruling,] it after numerous state governments filed sue against the legitimate of it.
The question that comes to my mind is that “Was the booing justified?” It was somehow justified. Here is why I think the crowd was right of booing: Had the crowd not booed, Mitt Romney would have thought that the crowd favored his harsh statement. In order for the crowd not to side with him, it did boo, the statement, not Mitt Romney himself. Had he worded it like this: There are loopholes in the Obamacare Act. I know you might disagree with me. However, as president, I would make sure that those loopholes are resolved. And it will be my privilege to work with the general public on the fixing of the loopholes. Had he said this, presumably, the crowd would have responded maybe, differently.
Put this into perspective. Hypothetically, if President Obama were to come to Chicago, where he well liked, and talk to the students of the University of Chicago. In the speech he says that the government will decrease the financial aids it gives to student, because his administration needs to solely focus on foreign polices and military concerns instead of the American students who in the future would become those needed to keep policing the world. I’ m speculate that his comment would have been met with boo or some sort of negative reaction from the students. If President Obama had considered his audience- he would say it but it would have been said differently: Students, I personally share with you the changes in the policies I am about to announce to you. That announcement is that my administration has decided that from today, it will solely focus on foreign policies- that means, spending more money on foreign policies instead of domestics- education, social services, etc. However, I would like to work with you with any concern you would have about this announcement. I have the personal believe that the students would act; however, it would be different their initial reaction.
I do not negate what Mitt Romney said at the Convention. I believe if he elected, he would become one of the greatest presidents in United States presidential history. As I watch him every day on the news giving his sound bites, I think he’s so passionate about this country’s future and wants to get started working for American people. What I am saying is that he should have considered his audience. Because he did not, he was booed for some of the comments he made.
I’ m glad my teacher taught me to always consider my audience.