Secrets of a Great Speaker
Valuable Top Tips to Help You Become a Better Speaker and Communicator.
“Public Speaking is nothing more than having a conversation from your heart about something that you are authentically passionate about.”
– Richard Greene
I first heard the ‘Secrets’ I am about to share with you from a public speaker and public speaking coach named Richard Greene who was delivering a Ted talk conference in 2014. With over thirty years experience in public speaking he believes that every single human being can be a great speaker.
That’s profound. Firstly because it means that you, yes You! Can be a great speaker in your lifetime. You have that ability within you right now in this very moment.
And secondly it means that we as a species hold the power to lift each other up to greater heights. To help people to live better, care for our planet with greater awareness and inspire positive action to heal and spread the love.
So here are the Secrets of a Great Speaker
Secret #1. Words 7% – The words we deliver as a speaker can be the most amazing, incredible words, but they only touch and communicate with people 7% of the impact that one human being has on another. So, choosing the words you deliver is obviously incredibly important, but not holding them up to be the most important factor is our first secret.
Secret #2. Voice Tone 38% – The variation in your voice, the enthusiasm, the love, the passion that comes through your voice. This can make or break whether the audience stay engaged with your message, or if they look for the exit doors or start to fall asleep in their seats.
Secret #3. Body Language 55% – Are you looking into someone’s eyes or are you looking over someone’s head and not connected. Body language is not just about how you move, it is using the power and essence of what you are communicating to engage with your audience and connect with them.
Secret #4. The Lasered, Compelling Message – Most people throw out a lot of data into their speech, trying to prove that they are smart, trying to get all the content out. But remember Words are only 7%. What is important is – What is the one thing you want to leave people with, what is your ‘headline’. That’s what makes a great speech.
Secret #5. The Communication Effectiveness Continuum – Performance – Presentation – Conversation – “At”-”To”-”With”.
“If you think public speaking is a performance, you’re going to be 0% ‘You’ and 100% ‘Actor’ and we don’t get to see and feel and experience who you are.”
– Richard Greene
If your treat your speech as a presentation, then you are merely delivering a recital ‘To’ your audience. You may get a lot of facts and your message across, but it will always lack engagement and you will have missed out on delivering a truly great and compelling speech.
Remember – “Public Speaking is nothing more than having a conversation from your heart about something that you are authentically passionate about.” – Richard Greene
Secret #6. The Four Languages Of Human Communication – Visual / Auditory / Auditory Digital / Kinaesthetic. By using all these aspects of language you will be connecting to each and every person in your audience.
- Visual – The energetic communication. The language of energy.
- Auditory – The ability to translate details in what you see, what you think, what you feel into a story.
- Auditory Digital – The analytical, statically driven kind of information. If you don’t have this then you don’t have credibility.
- Kinaesthetic – Satisfying the audiences desire for the physical as well as the intellectual. It is understanding your audience and responding to that dynamic with gestures, movement, posture and use of space.
Secret #7. Authentic Passion – “If you have this and nothing else, then you will still rock the world.” – Richard Greene. What is it? What is the essence of what you are communicating and the light that shines through with that ‘conversation’ you are having.
So there you have it! some great Secrets of a Great Speaker.
But that not all I have to share with you… For I found another secret!!!
I was lucky to find an incredible insight that really SHOOK ME IN MY BOOTS! A real wake up call not just for public speaking, but for life.
A young lady was calmly delivering a speech to hundreds of people. She was giving her insights of public speaking and was engaging with her whole audience. By the time she got to her pinnacle message everyone in the room was transfixed.
She explained through a compelling story of her own that we breathe our thoughts and that all we simply need to do is focus on a positive message through our in-breath and let the exhale speak our positive breath.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, hope that it helps you in your quest for happiness and helping each other.
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Sebastian is a creative and innovative artist and designer and a new age entrepreneur of our exploding digital age. He is a caring father of his twin daughters Atiya and Caira and loving husband to Beata. He is adept in core digital skills, photography and digital creativity. He is a practitioner of daily Yoga, meditation and inner development and is passionate about learning diverse life skills and transformational personal improvement practices. He has spent many years developing a unique series of active sensory dynamic chairs to contribute to the evolution of the human sitting experience. He is passionate for nature, life and all that which inspires the human spirit to lift up to glorious heights and unite people in Our global enduring quest to sustain this beautiful world for us all to share.