In 2008, then candidate Barack Obama revolutionized the way campaigns were done. His fundraising on-line, using his organization skills to create OFA (Obama For America - now known as Organizing For America) and his bevy of volunteers helped propel him to the Presidency. However, it was his speech making that defined him. He truly is a gifted speaker who is very comfortable getting in front of an audience and giving an impassioned speech. In 2008, Bert Decker had him as the top communicator in his annual best and worst communicators, Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for President in Denver at a football stadium in front of a massive audience and I was lucky enough to be one of the millions to watch him be sworn into office in January of 2009.
However, I think Obama is a little too comfortable speaking in front of an audience. To me, Obama is starting to hit the point of diminishing returns. For those who are not big into economics think of it this way: Let's say you can eat all of the donuts you want. The first one is pretty good - the second one, also good - the third one...well, it was okay - the fourth one you are done, no more please. Diminishing returns mean that after a while, you are no longer getting the same output value from the input. Let me put it this way: Obama's speeches can be very effective, but they are becoming watered down because he is speaking so much.
While I still feel that Obama is an effective speaker, he needs to realize that the power of his speeches are starting to diminish because he is speaking too much. People are starting to not pay attention because they figure they have already heard it and he's just going to repeat himself.
What are your thoughts? Is he speaking too much? Is he doing it out of necessity? Should he decrease his speeches or keep them they same?