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Speaking with Passion

Passion is the exchange of energy and in public speaking it can create a real and valuable emotional connection with your audience.

Being a passionate speaker means believing in your message, even when it is quietly conveyed.

Here are some thoughts from six expert speakers on being passionate about your topic in your next presentation.

David Alexander:

'Give your audience truly valuable information wrapped up in emotion. It's never about you being the speaker, it's about how well the people you are speaking to become involved and internalise your message.

Be genuine, be fun, get to the point, pause long enough to let them think, give them time to laugh, and entertain them so that your message becomes memorable.'

Joel Hochberger:

'Don't speak to me, just talk to me. An audience is nothing more than a bunch of individuals. The only reason you're talking to them as a group is because it's more convenient – so just talk to them as though you are talking to one person.'

Dr. Rob Portnoy:

'To connect with your audience, put the focus on them, not you. Think about this perspective as the listener's point of view. As your listener, I will only listen to you if I get answers to these four questions:

  1. Why should I listen to you in the first place?
  2. Why should I keep listening
  3. What do you want me to remember
  4. What do you want me to do?'

Tammy Jo Johnson:

'Be who you say you are. Your life, character and personality should be doing over half of what your mouth is saying.'

Marlene Ward:

'Every speech should contain the four elements of speaking.

  1. To persuade
  2. To motivate
  3. To inform
  4. To entertain'

Christopher Rausch:

'Speak from the heart – not the ego! Be authentic and let the audience know you're all alike and can make positive changes when you have a big enough why!'

When you are passionate about your topic, the people around you will feel your excitement. Through authenticity, you can speak with passion and conviction. In turn, you will connect with your audience on a deeper and more personal level.

How do you inject passion into your speeches? What else could be added to these thoughts on passion?

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Maria Pantalone

Maria Pantalone is the author of Success Talks: Conversations with Everyday Leaders. Maria works with individuals and teams to make communication their strength so that their message is heard. She provides tailored programs in presentation skills, business writing and effective communication as a leader and team member. Maria’s programs help her clients to excel in their role and be recognised as leaders in their field.
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