I took my first Uber ride in 2016. I wasn't avoiding the company for any particular reason. However, I just thought I'd try something new.
After the ride, I decided one thing: I'm not going back to regular taxi cab rides ever again.
Why? Is it because the Uber ride was so much better? Was the driver the nicest person I'd ever driven with? Did they give me superior service?
None of the above. Sure, the app is cool – you can look at exactly where your driver is and follow them online as they get closer to you. And yes, the driver was friendly. The service was pretty good too. However, the reason I'll go with Uber is simple – the ride was cheaper.
Nothing mind-boggling. The ride was cheaper, the app is cool, I'm going with Uber over taxi. Along with thousands of others. Why?
Not sure what to speak about? This is a common problem I get asked when it comes to storytelling. There are endless places to get your stories, but here are just a few:
Finding Speech Topics comes down to your 5Fs
“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” (George S. Patton)
Do you have courage? As a speaker, your answer is absolutely yes. Just standing up on stage as we know, is something that most people will never attempt to do. However, speaking is the start of courage – what you speak about is when it really turns to bravery.
There are still speakers that will not touch certain topics in their own lives. That is a shame because they are missing out on an opportunity for true connection with their audience. When you get personal, you can pull your audience in at a much greater level.
Here are 3 areas of courage to consider:
My friend Ron Tsang wrote a book on Public Speaking called “From Presentation to Standing Ovation.” I highly recommend the book as it is content rich, succinct and highly, instantly actionable for speakers and presenters.
In it, he references Aristotle and talks about persuasion. As Jim Rohn says, we must not confuse Presentation with Persuasion. Just because you are on stage, doesn't mean that people are going to follow what you have to say. Sure, they may listen, but the point of speaking should not be just to get others to listen. They should be driven to ACT upon what they hear.
Giving a Speech is Good; Causing Transformation is Golden.
In addition to the 3 methods mentioned by Ron Tsang, here are 2 more tips to comprise the 5 Paths to Persuasion that transform your advice to audience action.
Kwesi Millington helps speakers, presenters and youth to connect with their audiences and master their messages using the power of storytelling in their speeches & presentations. He is a Certified Public Speaking Coach & Youth Mentor.