Kissing Sleeping Beauty From The Podium

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to awake and enlighten your audience at your next speech. Reading time: 4:13.

       The next time you deliver a speech think of yourself as Prince or Princess Charming. And think of your audience as Sleeping Beauty (or your Sleeping Significant Other) locked in a 100-year deep sleep. Then you will be even more apt to AWAKEN your audience to your point of view.

Sleeping Beauty Awaken by the Prince

After all, leading public speakers recognize they have to first gain and retain the attention of the audience with a verbal kiss that touches and stirs.

They work at developing their verbal kiss with a focus designed to  incite  an emotional response from the audience, a verbal kiss designed to flame the audience’s collective hearts to care as deeply as you do about your message. In fact, that verbal kiss is so important that without it, your message will fall on deaf ears.

No wonder the most effective leaders I know work at perfecting their verbal kissing technique well beyond  a lip service that only goes through the motions with none of the emotion; beyond a lip service that fails at making “love” with only words that are heard but not felt.

        How can you make  “love” to your audience with more than words? How can you awaken your audience with a verbal kiss that stirs them into action with feeling ?  Try using the 7Ws of Effective Speaking: Continue reading “Kissing Sleeping Beauty From The Podium”

Become Ear-Resistable: FLIRT With Your Audience

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy

Here’s an idea to gain and retain the attention of your audience for your next speech. Reading time: 4:38

           How do the most effective leaders leverage their public speaking skills to more fully engage an audience, to captivate an audience, to enthrall an audience  “ear-resistably.”  They FLIRT.  And so can you. With a breathless bravado of sorts.

          No you don’t have to share a furtive glance with someone sitting close to the lectern. No,  you don’t have to soften your voice in a sexy whisper. No, you don’t have to bite your own lips in a moment of passion or run your tongue along your teeth at a delectable thought.

         No, you don’t have to kneel down on one knee and plead ever so fervently with a member of the audience. No, you don’t have to walk into the audience and softly waltz a finger across someone’s cheek or touch some one so gingerly on the shoulder.

        All you have to do is FLIRT.

                FLIRT is an acrostic  for five ways you can use your body language to Continue reading “Become Ear-Resistable: FLIRT With Your Audience”