Fiorina's success clearly shows what excellent speaking skills can do to one's chances in politics, business and life. It makes you understand how she rose from being a secretary to become the first female CEO of a company that was part of the prestigious Dow Index on Wall Street. She certainly has great marketing and speaking skills that has made her get to one of the top three GOP candidates in the presidential race.
What is so interesting about Fiorina's accomplishment is that Fiorina, arguably, is not as well qualified as Sarah Palin was when Palin was picked by John McCain to be his vice-presidential candidate in 2008. Palin was an elected governor of Alaska. Meanwhile, Fiorina has never held a political office. Fiorina to her credit does have a CEO experience, but that ended in her getting fired by the HP board. After the firing, she never was given another CEO position when she was still quite young--in her early fifties. But now she is in competition (as of this writing at the beginning of October 2015) to capture the nomination of the Republican party. By any measure, she has proven herself quite formidable mainly becaue of her strong communications skills with one of the weakest resumes among all the candidates that are running.
Ezra Klein, Editor-in-Chief of Vox, makes an interesting observation in his article "A theory of how American politics is changing" that political parties no longer influence people on who to vote for. People today have such easy access to information form wide variety of choices. Also, candidates do not need "old" media to get their message to people. With this being the current situation, the only people who are made irrevelant are the so-called political pundits. They have been so wrong in this election cycle. Unless people go back to the old form, they will not be taken seriously anymore.
A perfect example of how things can change so quickly is the sudden rise of Carly Fiorina. He writes that "Carly Fiorina has zero trust from the Republican establishment — her political experience basically begins and ends with a California Senate campaign where she was trounced by Barbara Boxer — but she's a devastating debater, and that's been enough to send her rocketing ahead of nearly every single experienced Republican politician in the polls."
Now it is likely that Fiorina will not do well once people start looking at her record more carefully. Nevertheless, her rise shows that if you can give a crisp, clear, convincing answer in less than three minutes, you can shine in any situation at any time. Fiorina has shown that if you want to go from near the bottom to close to the top, you better master this critical skill of a giving an excellent three-minute answer. If it can help Fiorina, it can help you. So what's your excuse for not succeeding?
Learning from Experience
Fiorina has been doing this for a while in the business world and learned from her time spent on McCain's campaign and her failed bid to win the Senate race in California. She has tweaked her message and has put in a lot of practice, and it showed in the debates. If her record matched her speaking skills, she would be hard to beat.
Look and speak confidently
People do notice how you look when you are speaking. Though she had to stand behind a lectern during the debates that prevented her from moving. She used excellent gestures and modulated her voice extremely well to make her points. A good example of this was when she linked Iran and Planned Parenthood. It got the loudest cheer from the audience at the debate.
Go for the win
Fiorina was there not just to debate, but to win. According to all political analysts, she won the debate easily. She won because she did not hold back.
Win the expectations game
Fiorina had low expectations coming into both debates, so she had nothing to lose and showed how you can use low expectations to your advantage. We will soon find out how she will perform when the expectations are high.
Fiorina was the only woman on the debating stage, and she had to show she can duke it out with the boys and she did. By doing so, she established her credibility as a fighter and someone who would fight for the economic prosperity, national security and life of the unborn.
Again, we can all learn from Fiorina that if you are adept at giving excellent short answers or give an impactful short speech, you can succeed with anyone, anytime, anywhere.