February 9, 2023
5 min read
On February 7, 2023, President Biden delivered the annual State of the Union address before Congress. Biden spoke for over an hour. We ran a highlight reel through the Yoodli AI speech tool to see what it had to say.
Take a look at our State of the Union address analysis (AI and human) and highlights.
Note that this is an analysis of several State of the Union address highlights, not the speech as a whole.
After the video of Biden’s State of the Union address was uploaded, Yoodli provided a transcript with timestamps. It also offered some valuable coaching feedback, observations, and analytics. We’ve included the results below, and you also can take a look at the results within the app to get a better idea of how it works.
The AI Speech Coach shared a summary of the key points and main ideas from the 2023 State of the Union address and five questions that reveal where the president could have elaborated. Let’s take a look at each.
Here’s a summary of Biden’s key points and main ideas from the State of the Union address highlights we reviewed:
The AI Speech Coach shows where Biden could elaborate by answering the following questions:
Yoodli provided the State of the Union address analysis and scores in two categories: Word Choice and Delivery.
The Word Choice category provided observations and analysis on six points: Repetition, Filler Words, Non-Inclusiveness, Top Keywords, and Weak Words. Biden’s scores here are good, which is to be expected with a speech that’s written and read.
The Top Keywords feature shows us the words that Biden used the most: law, know, world, people, drug, and infrastructure. This is a good way to get an idea of how “on message” a speech is. (Sometimes we think we talk about something more than we actually do!)
The Delivery category provided observations and analysis on two points: Pacing and Pauses. Biden’s scores here are good, as he spoke at a conversational pace and paused at times to allow people to digest what he said.
In these State of the Union address highlights, you’ll notice that Biden strategically varied his pacing and volume. For example, he spoke slowly and quietly when he said, “Every day millions need insulin to control their diabetes so they can literally stay alive.” As he continued, his pace quickened and his volume rose when he asserted that “big pharma has been unfairly charging people hundreds of dollars.”
Here’s another example of the same technique. Biden introduced Brandon Tsay, who demonstrated heroism during the Monterey Park murders in January. Biden spoke slowly and quietly when he said of Tsay, “He saved lives. It’s time we do the same.” Then, his pace quickened and he nearly shouted when he said, “Ban assault weapons now! Ban them now!”
Variations in pacing and volume help keep an audience engaged, and they can put particular emphasis on your words. When you speak quietly, the audience tends to listen more carefully to pick up everything you say. When you raise your voice, it’s clear that you want to drive home a point that you care deeply about. Biden did this well multiple times throughout the State of the Union address.
For more State of the Union address analysis, check out these assessments from a few former government speech writers.
Whether you’ve already recorded a speech or you’d like to practice one, you can let Yoodli work its magic. First, sign up for a free Yoodli account. Then, click on the Upload Speech button or the Record > Speech button in the top menu, to the right. Follow the prompts, and soon you’ll see where you excel and where you can improve.
You’ll instantly get a handy-dandy timestamped transcript. The key points and keywords that Yoodli picks up will help you know if you’re on message. And, you’ll see how you did with filler words, inclusive language, eye contact, and more elements of your speech.
The State of the Union address is always one of the biggest speeches of the year in the U.S. It’s a great opportunity to see how an experienced speaker deals with the weightiest subjects and a divided audience.
Whatever we think of the president at any given time, we can at least appreciate the daunting task that he has with this address—and there’s always something we can learn and apply to our own speaking.
Getting better at speaking is getting easier. Record or upload a speech and let our AI Speech Coach analyze your speaking and give you feedback.