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The New Pope and Communication Skills

by | Mar 11, 2013

Very intriguing discussion this morning between Renee Montagne and Cokie Roberts on NPR’s Morning Edition. Cokie Roberts, covering the selection of the new pope, discusses some potential candidates from USA.

What caught my attention was the way she describes the contender, Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston. Cokie says, “O’Malley is painfully shy and gets sick if he sees a camera.”

That’s a tough obstacle to overcome if you’re the Pope.

Even if Cardinal O’Malley was the ideal choice, I predict that due to his discomfort in front of a camera, he will not become the next pope.

As a leader you have to get comfortable speaking in front of a camera. In spite of having other incredible skills, if you cannot speak in public your voice will not be heard.





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