Students in Rev. John Amankwah’s, Ph.D., Advanced Oral Communication class were able to spend an evening with former mayor, Mark Mallory, on Oct. 29.
Students sent a letter of request to Mallory to invite him to come and speak with their class. His presentation, which consisted of the significance of speechmaking skills, allowed students to see how their teachings apply to the real world.
Mallory was the first African American mayor elected by popular vote in Cincinnati. He served as mayor for two terms, from 2005 until 2013. According to Mallory, “I ran for mayor because the city was not moving in the right direction.”
Mallory’s experience with public speaking began as a child when he recorded radio commercials for his father, William L. Mallory Sr., former Majority Floor Leader in the Ohio House of Representatives. His experience only grew during his time in office and in the Ohio Senate.
During his visit, Mallory shared his advice with students in regards to speechmaking. Mallory stressed the importance of speaking from the heart in order to deliver a successful speech.
“Communication is not about words, it’s about feelings,” said Mallory.
In order to achieve this idea, Mallory shared that one must always tell the truth, come out and say what they mean and be creative. Mallory read from his first and last State of the City Addresses as a means to illustrate the effectiveness of his advice.
In addition to successful speeches, students were able to learn what Mallory considers to be a strong candidate for employment. According to Mallory, resumes that include upward mobility and transitions interest him. Though not everyone can communicate their abilities through their resume, Mallory shared that a strong sense of passion is valuable and important.
“A candidate must be passionate about something.” Additionally, during the interview, candidates must ask questions. “No questions equals no interest,” said Mallory.