5) Bring Them Hope
There’s not a powerful speech since the beginning of ages that does not have an element of hope in it. The reality is people will pay anything for hope.
Think of it this way; if you can paint a fabulous picture in my mind of how I will look and feel when I lose those 30 pounds, you can get in my wallet fast. Alright, I’m not overweight. It’s just an example.
6) Feel It
Do you want to know how to make an audience feel various emotions? Feel it first. Yes, they will go where you are going.
But don’t try to send them on their own. It’s just doesn’t happen that way. Make sense? Put some feeling in your speech. Than feel the feeling while you’re on that stage.
That’s all I have to say about this for now.
7) Never Dump Your Brain On Your Audience
I enjoy listening to other speakers. Sometimes I learn something new from several amazing presenters. But other times they are so bad that I wonder how they’re making it.
Without sounding like I’m bragging, bad speakers always remind me of how good I am. Often I would walk away saying to myself, “If this person can make it, I can, too.” And I’m sure you’ve said that to yourself, too. Haven’t you?
I will never forget watching this particular guy speaking; I mean he wore me out. He literally recited an entire passage from Think & Grow Rich; word for word. That was torture for me, as well as the audience. I felt bad for the guy.
And he quoted one dead person after another. Yuck! I wanted to just throw up. You could clearly see the audience felt uncomfortable.
There’s nothing wrong with dropping a quotation or two; to really drive home a point. But please, don’t sprinkle them all throughout your speech.
Here’s what’s so sad about that gentleman; some people in the audience will tell him that he was great and he will believe it; and he’ll continue to do the same thing. How terrible.
So, if you have poems, songs, memorized chapters tucked away for future use, burn them. Fast.
Yes, really fast.