The Master Speaker

Written by Burt Dubin

If you would converse with me, said Francois Voltaire, first define your terms.

master n. (1.) a revered leader, (2.) an artist or performer of consummate skill (3.) One whose work serves as a model or ideal.

speaker n. (1.) one who speaks, educates, or trains.

Many people stand before audiences and speak, educate, or train. What qualities setrepparttar master speaker apart? What aspects of character, what business practices, what habits, what attitudes, what stance, cause a speaker to be recognized as a master?

This pastiche is keyed in with no notes, no references. Just my gut. That's where my views are born. That's where your views are born. From your core, from your essence, from your deepest feelings. Let's see if you're able to agree with my gut convictions. The qualities and aspects of a master speaker are these:

1. Integrity: Without this sterling quality, nothing else matters. I mean being more than as good as your word. I mean living and breathing with bone-deep resolve that if you say it, you live it-regardless ofrepparttar 125577 cost.

This includes your accountabilities to each of your constituencies:repparttar 125578 decision-maker who hires you,repparttar 125579 client paying your fee,repparttar 125580 audience before which you're privileged to stand. Each expects value in return for their investment of faith or money or time in you.

2. In-depth research: Do you show up and deliver a standard shtick...the same piece you rolled out last week? The same piece you'll present next week somewhere else? If so, you're an actor, a performer, yes. Well and good.repparttar 125581 world needs you. And you're not a master speaker! The master speaker does adequate research. Every time.

The master speaker customizes, creates a program for each audience. The master speaker bestows a one-time experience on each audience-delivers wisdom born forrepparttar 125582 time and place, forrepparttar 125583 company, forrepparttar 125584 association or group in their here and now moment. The master speaker takes into accountrepparttar 125585 needs, wants, hungers, attitudes, biases, perceptions, challenges, conditions, stated and unstated, of each constituent.

The Speaker As Leader

Written by Burt Dubin

There they are. All 50 of them. All 500 of them. Or all 5000 of them. Your audience sits yearning for your words. Looking at you. Waiting for you to show themrepparttar way, Hoping you bring illumination. Longing for answers. Hungering for direction.

Someone arranged for you to be there. Because you are one who knows. Because you can open their eyes. Because you can lead them to light.

Let's say you have technical know-how. Or industry-specific insights. Or a new idea, an approach, an insight, an attitude, a concept. Or a pastiche of all or any combination ofrepparttar 125576 above. A new wrinkle, a new approach that leads to breakthroughs. To ahas.

Or maybe you discovered a way of being, of doing that can lead this audience to having something they desire. Perhaps you can lead them to a deeper understanding of something they need to know.

Naomi Rhode calls itrepparttar 125577 privilege ofrepparttar 125578 platform. And what a privilege you have as you stand there! Take a deep breath. You can influence, you can mold and shape a future yet unborn. Take another breath. Look atrepparttar 125579 faces before you. This is your moment. This isrepparttar 125580 moment you've worked so hard to be ready for.

When, in 1960, John F Kennedy spoke and said "We will send a man torepparttar 125581 moon and bring him safely back to earth-and we'll do it within 10 years!" he stirred his nation to believe it could be done.

When Abraham Lincoln spoke and delivered what we now commemorate as The Gettysburg Address, he awakenedrepparttar 125582 conscience ofrepparttar 125583 Western world.

When Nelson Mandela spoke and stirredrepparttar 125584 sparks of hope in his people with his words, to such an extent that he was thrown into prison byrepparttar 125585 white masters of South Africa, his words changed history forever.

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