Some people know how to work a room, but most don’t know how to work a room with facts, humility, laughter and everything in between. Well they should meet Ms. Donna Brazile–she knows how to work not only a room, but an auditorium filled to the rafters during the Maverick Speakers Series at the University of Texas Arlington.
She entered the room on the heels of being introduced by her friend, Texas State Senator, Royce West. Ms. Brazile showcased her southern roots by first thanking the people of Texas for all they did for the people of New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. This thank you set the tone of her talk. This woman who has talked with all kinds of people–from the man on the street to the president of the United States (lots of presidents) thanked us for doing something we were supposed to do.
Then she preceded to teach us a lesson about politics with laughter, and we all know that if this years elections were not so serious, they would be the best comedy shows around. Even when she talked of some candidates, she did so without a mean bone in her body.
But my favorite time was when the audience was given an opportunity to ask questions. This was when the teacher came out of Donna Brazile. The people asking questions were the millennials, who were looking for answers. Ms. Brazile gave them her take on topics, her wisdom, her encouragement and her hope for them. She talked with them, laughed with them, and in her typical warm way even scolded them about their duty to vote.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and as Ms. Brazile stated–VOTE!
To learn more about the University of Texas Arlington’s Maverick Speakers Series please go to the University of Texas Arlington website and type in the words Maverick Speakers Series. These events are free to the public–registration is required. They will “stimulate your mind”.