I would like to posit a few ideas on how an awareness of rhetorical and oratorical techniques can improve politics lectures. This is by no means a comprehensive discussion of either but is simply a very brief discussion of how classical techniques - that are used by political scientists to scrutinise political leaders - can also have relevance for politics lecturers.
Rather than women feeling like they should act more like men, my experience of coaching both men and women is that women's generally more collaborative style and more prudent approach to risk appears to chime closer with the particular demands of today's workplace.
When President Obama let fly the scolding, "Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets," to illustrate Mitt Romney's grasp of modern military during the third presidential debate, the chuckle could be heard around the world. Arguably Obama's retort accomplished what it intended to do: Embarrass his political rival and earn the president points as someone in the trenches - all under the forgiving cloak of humor.
Having grumbled previously about Nick Clegg's past attempts to imitate David Cameron's walkabout apparently unscripted style