So, I’m going to post a variety of videos today in regards to how public speakers can deliver a remarkably powerful message to keep the audience.
We know how a lot of speakers are: monotone speakers, talkers, bores, we have a wide variety. Dale Carnegie talks in his book about how someone, with the power of conviction and passion, can lure the audience in and keep them. It’s a combination of using the right emotion while speaking from the heart. Let me give you a few examples and rundowns of what I think are and aren’t speakers who deliver the power of eloquence.
Regardless of him being Sir Ken Robinson, this monotone type speaking just kills me. We have all had the professors in our past who can ramble for 2-3 hours and put everyone to sleep within the first 15….Ken is one. No disrespect to his message, but the hastily speaking and lack of passion made me turn this one off within a few minutes. Yes, he had some humor and there were some applauses, but you also have to evaluate the crowd he was speaking to. 13 years ago and in a foreign country, people wouldn’t get the majority of his jokes and probably wouldn’t understand half of his presentation because of how fast it is.
Yes, I will say this….having the accent she did with little to no grammatical mistakes was great, and even delivering the message about compassion and how NIST (international school in Bangkok) does separate themselves from just about 99.9% institutions around the world (including the most prestigious universities), if she would’ve spoken with a little more passion, it could’ve been great. Also, the papers is one thing Dale Carnegie would talk about in terms of a distractor. People would be glued into what she’s holding….so I say forgo the papers. If you need to glance at something and get a hold of yourself, then so be it. It also sounded a bit like verbatim to me, too.
2:09 – 2:38….this is one of the most remarkable storytellers I’ve ever seen. Don Jose Ruiz….just simply amazing and definitely the most riveting of them all (debatable against Lisa Nichols). This is how you tell a story, like I’ve mentioned a many of times on Tedx podcasts, with passion and conviction.
One of my favorite speakers of all-time. The way she describes her stories in vivid detail is awe-inspiring. How’s she able to make that audience feel everything she’s saying….there aren’t a lot of people like her in the public speaking realm. This is how you relate completely to the audience.
A combination of remarkable finesse, humor, tears, and rejoice. Les Brown is someone I’ve learned so much from and that I feel overtime I put him on in the morning.
Listen closely to the audiences. See how they react. When you do, you’ll see that some of these speakers merely talk on stage and others take the audience on a roller coaster.
Honorable Mention – Ray Lewis