Constantly look for speeches that will help you learn how to be a speaker and you will grow fast. Find speeches where the person speaks from the heart. Speakers that inspire. Speakers that get people to take action. Speakers that get natural and authentic standing ovations.
I have had two kinds of standing ovations in my short time being a speaker. I can tell the difference between them instantly. They are like the difference between genuine leather and pleather. Between farm-raised cattle and GMO injected beef. Between $4 frozen fillet mignon and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. You receive the same thing but they are VERY different.
1) Standing Ovation #1: They stand up simply because I am the World Champion of Public Speaking. Not because I gave an authentic speech.
2) Standing Ovation #2: I give the audience something I truly believe in. That helps them with their life. When I am me. When I am real. When I am not going for being perfect but I am going for meaning. Because I uncomfortably share my humility, mistakes and deliver messages with conviction and absolute authenticity.
(Once I even received a standing ovation only because Chelsea stood up to take photos and you could tell everyone got up because she was getting up. Awkward!)
I am not saying shoot for standing ovations. I am saying shoot for being real. Being you. Being authentic. It is embarrassing to say that I have given unauthentic speeches before. But it is true and that is part of the speaker’s learning process.
It’s sometimes hard for me to come across as authentic. I enjoy being an entertainer just as much as I enjoy being an authentic speaker. I like to get people to laugh. To think. To be entertained. So instead of thinking of the flavor I sometimes think of the flash first.
This is the wrong thing for me to do! We must always start with the flavor first then add the flash. Have you ever had a meal that looked so unappealing but it turned out to be mouth-watering? What about a meal that looks better than anything you have ever seen before and then you take a bite and your taste buds shrivel up in disgust?
As an audience member I would rather have the one that tastes good not the one that looks good. The one with the flavor not the flash. Now when we can do both… well then we are on top of your game. That is what we are shooting for. Just make sure to add the flavor before the flash.
When we can have the flash and the flavor then we are the speakers who get paid $10,000 or $20,000 for a one-hour keynote. Not only is our presentation style powerful and our points poignant and persuasive but we connect to our audience by being real. Being authentic. Speaking from the heart.
How to Be a Speaker: Find you flavor first. Share the ingredients that make you uniquely you. Give your audience that mouth-watering flavor then add the flash.
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