One of the most important aspects of public speaking, in fact any speaking, is to connect with your audience or listeners. How can you do that? Well one way, is to be passionate about your topic. So pick a topic you’re passionate about.
Passion Connects Naturally
I once saw this guy on the beach, standing and facing his friends. He was telling a story. I couldn’t hear
what he was saying, but I could tell that he was really passionate. How did I know he was passionate? His body language and his gestures were flowing profusely and naturally. He was also looking straight at all of his friends. You could tell that he wanted to involve and connect with each and every one of them. He was a natural speaker. Rather, let’s just say, he was a passionate speaker which made him come across as natural. I could tell from his friends’ attention that they were taking in every word he was saying. When you’re passionate about your topic, you’ll connect naturally.
Out Shine, Out Trump, Every Time
Independently, my speech coach Verity Robins and me came up with these similar sayings independently. Verity says, “Passion out shines brilliant technique every time” and I say, “Passion trumps great technique every time”. I think that they both make the point that, while hopefully this blog will help you become a good speaker, passion will take you from good to great.
Speak to Connect, to make a Difference.