Charisma in business speeches: A contrastive acoustic-prosodic analysis of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg

Oliver Niebuhr, Alexander Brem, Eszter Novák-Tót, Jana Voße

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Charisma is a key component of spoken language interaction; and it is probably for this reason that charismatic speech has been the subject of intensive research for centuries. However, what is still largely missing is a quantitative and objective line of research that, firstly, involves analyses of the acoustic-prosodic signal, secondly, focuses on business speeches like product presentations, and, thirdly, in doing so, advances the still fairly fragmentary evidence on the prosodic correlates of charismatic speech. We show that the prosodic features of charisma in political speeches also apply to business speeches. Consistent with the public opinion, our findings are indicative of Steve Jobs being a more charismatic speaker than Mark Zuckerberg. Beyond previous studies, our data suggest that rhythm and emphatic accentuation are also involved in conveying charisma. Furthermore, the differences between Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg and the investor- and customer-related sections of their speeches support the modern understanding of charisma as a gradual, multiparametric, and context-sensitive concept.
TitelProceedings of the 8th International Conference of Speech Prosody
RedaktørerJon Barnes, Alejna Brugos, Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Nanette Veilleux
Antal sider3
ForlagSpeech Prosody Special Interest Group
Publikationsdato31. maj 2016
StatusUdgivet - 31. maj 2016
Begivenhed8th Speech Prosody Conference - Boston, USA
Varighed: 31. maj 20163. jun. 2016


Konference8th Speech Prosody Conference
NavnSpeech Prosody

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