January 19, 2023
4 min read
What does Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech analysis reveal? What can AI tell us about her word choices and delivery?
Today, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that she will resign. She will not stand in the General Election, now scheduled for October 14. She will step down no later than February 7, by which time she expects a new Labour leader to be chosen and sworn in as prime minister.
We ran Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech through Yoodli’s free AI platform and looked at the analysis of an expert human coach. We share the highlights below. (View the full results inside the platform.)
Immediately after the video of Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech was uploaded, Yoodli provided a transcript and an analysis of key points and words, other aspects of word choice, and delivery. Here’s Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech analysis from the AI Speech Coach.
Yoodli provide a summary of the key points and main ideas from the speech:
Filler words: 0%
Sensitive (non-inclusive) language: 0%
Top keywords: election, believe, time, year, years, date
Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech analysis by AI revealed only seven instances of weak words (so, absolutely, just, probably, kind of), which is 1% of her speech. It’s natural to have up to 4% weak words, so she did a nice job here. One reason for this good score is that she read a written speech, so she chose the words carefully beforehand.
Yoodli’s AI Speech Coach also indicated that Ardern used the potentially weak phrases “so again,” “probably would’ve,” and “so today.” The tool recommends using more specific, concrete, or emphatic language.
Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech analysis by AI included one suggested rephrasing.
What Ardern said:
“I’m entering now my sixth year in office, and, for each of these years, I have given my absolute all. I believe that leading a country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have but also one of the more challenging. You cannot and should not do it unless you have a full tank plus a bit in reserve for those unexpected challenges.”
“Entering my sixth year in office, I’m proud to say that I have given my all during each of these years. I believe that leading a country is the most honorable job anyone could ever have, and it is no doubt the most challenging. Therefore, you must be fully devoted with a little extra fuel in the tank to tackle the unexpected.”
Pacing: 147 words per minute (relaxed, conversational pace). Her pacing varied, which is one good way to keep an audience engaged.
Pauses: She did a nice job of giving her audience time to digest what she was saying.
Eye Contact: This is one area in which she could have done better. She read from a prepared speech that rested quite low on a podium. So, some of the time, her eyes were down on her speech rather than up on her audience.
Now, let’s take a look at Jacinda Ardern’s resignation speech analysis by public speaking and presentation coach Alex Merry.
Merry noticed that Ardern made several statements that he believes serve to justify her decision, including these:
Merry believes it’s “clear that she is concerned about the narratives that follow this decision.” While Merry doesn’t elaborate, it’s likely that some will point to the poor position of the Labour Party in the polls following pandemic-era policies and in the midst of a troubled economy.
Merry points to two positives about Ardern’s justifications:
This is surely one of the most difficult speeches of Ardern’s career. She delivered a clear message with appropriate emotion and consideration of how it would be received.
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