Today, January 23, 2013, Hillary Clinton testified on the tragedy in Benghazi before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. I'll let others opine on the merits of her testimony. I suggest any woman or man who wishes to project their personal power go watch her appearance today.
In terms of style and skill, her testimony was a communication classroom to watch someone who knows what they're doing in this type of setting. My takeways:
- She sat up in her chair and engaged senators eye to face
- She was "all-in" - intellectually, physically and emotionally
- She gestured with purpose, synching gestures with words
- She varied her pace and punch while reading her statement
- She probably read from bigger font, short paragraph text
- She directed answers to her questioner, not the committee
- She let the questioner's emotional force wash past her
- She responded to sharp accusations in calm, neutral terms
- She raised her voice once, to confront issues, not a person
- She framed her answers in clear, common-sense realities
- She projected her competence, clarity and transparency
- She illuminated her own sorrow, responsibility and regret
The men on that committee respect Secretary Clinton and know she's a force to be reckoned with - partly by performance and reputation, but also by how she carries herself in the spotlight.
Love her or loathe her; she owns the room!