Speaking Truth 5: To GIFT is to LIFT.
Do you remember the 3 Vs to go from Voice to Victory?
VALUE + VERITAS + VOICE.
Veritas is all about bringing out the real you.
How is this done?
Think about gift giving.
Gift giving is all about the element of surprise. Give your people the GIFT of you.
When I was 10 years old, we received a glossy brochure in the mail. In it I spotted a magnificent chemistry set. It looked so special, packaged in a rectangular shaped blue box. It displayed contents such as glass test tubes and different potions that could be mixed to create the dancing smoke effect out of the test tube.
My mind ran wild imagining the creations I could concoct.
The day of my birthday arrived. Mum handed me my present. I unwrapped it. Inside, there it was, the chemistry set. It was an absolutely delightful surprise!
How does my chemistry set relate to your speaking?
When speaking to your people, see this as an opportunity to give them the element of surprise, the gift of you.
Giving your audience the gift of you, who you are, experiences you have had, is interesting to them. It can bring a dull topic to life.
To Lift is to deliver hope on a platter. Make your audience wonder of the possibilities that can be achieved.
One of the many ways this can be done is through Storytelling. It is a fantastic way of you connecting with your audience on a more human level. It can build rapport.
As J.K. Rowling says:
“There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place”.
We can examine how you can elevate your audience through your stories. Relevant stories that can be used to illustrate a key message to your audience.
You can use personal stories and/or business stories. Eg, a business story could show the difference your products / services made on someone’s life.
I reference this in my book ‘Speaking to Hearts and Minds’:
As explained by Dolan and Naidu in their book Hooked, there are negative and positive stories. There are also business stories versus personal stories. The most impactful type of story is a positive story which is personal. Keep this in mind.
I encourage you to start thinking about some of the stories you think could fit into your speeches and we can work on those together.
If you are finding this difficult to come up with a list of stories for your speeches, or possible stories, here are some questions to consider:
- What are my passions, interests and hobbies?
- What have I overcome?
- What has been a challenge to me or my family during my life?
Something that you have done but don’t think much of, may be remarkable to someone else. For example, running a marathon, helping raise kids when you were a kid, growing up on a farm etc. These are all remarkable feats.
Don’t downplay what you have done. Just make a list. We can look further into it later!
So, the element of giving a GIFT is to give your audience a LIFT. It can lift them to a higher level, by creating connection and uplifting them.
When they feel uplifted, your people are each elevated and they feel special. This is the type of impact you want. You want to reach your audience on an emotional level.
Speaking Truth #5 – As a Speaker, give your audience a Gift.
To GIFT is to LIFT.
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