by Terry Paulson, Ph.D., CSP, CPAE
"Forget all the conventional 'rules' but one. There is one golden
rule: Stick to topics you deeply care about and do not keep your passion
buttoned inside your vest. An audiences' biggest turn on is the speakers'
obvious enthusiasm. If you are lukewarm about the issue, forget it!"
There is a certain zest that shines through a presenter's face when he speaks
of something he has authentic passion for. That speaker can be excited and
whisper and it still get through. Don't just speak on any subject; speak on the
you live with passion!
What do you believe in enough that no one can stop you from finding a place
to share it? When you have the right speech, you will feel like saying,
"Get over here now! You have to check this out!
You don't want to miss this!"
In such a talk, your hour of speaking feels like minutes. Great speakers
don't just love to speak; they love to make a difference for people.
Finish this sentence:
"I love this job, I get to . . . "
If you ever struggle to find the motivation and the enthusiasm to start your
speech, take a moment to go back to your success history as a speaker to review
images you have retained that affirm what your presentations have meant to past
audiences. Relive that image before you take the platform. Feed your own
enthusiasm for your message as you get ready to make a difference again. If you
have no enthusiasm for your message, why should anyone else? Find the passion in
your purpose or find another topic to speak on. (Reprinted with permission from 50
Tips for Speaking Like a Pro)