Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tip for Giving an Exciting Speech

The key to a successful speech is story telling. The key to story telling is not to memorize the words, but to memorize the experience. As a trained stage and film actor, I do this using a technique called personalization. It means tapping into an experience from my life and applying the emotional impact of that experience to the story.

For example, when Anthony Hopkins is playing the role of serial killer Hannibal Lecter in the film, Silence of the Lambs, he recreates the emotional impact from an experience in his life where he was so mad that he wanted to kill someone. What we see on the screen is Hopkins as a psychopathic killer. In reality, Hopkins the actor is playing out the emotional reality of his substituted experience. One of my best-known signature stories is the Meatball Sandwich (see As I describe each person's action in the story, I substitute my own behavior from a similar experience. When I relate a character’s reaction to the situation, it is me reacting. As a result, no one else can tell this story the way I do. Each time I tell the story, it is different. But it always grabs the audience because the emotions and behavior are alive and in the moment.

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