Aristotle is one of the founding fathers of communication theory. He believed that persuasion occurs with: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. Ethos is credibility through achievements, title, and experience. Logos is the means of passion through logic, data, and statistic. And pathos is the act of appealing to emotions.
While each presentation utilizes pathos, ethos, and logos in different ways. Ultimately, it is pathos that can make the emotional connection memorable.
Everyone has a story inside of them and everyone has a purposeful knowledge and expertise to share. Education comes from the beauty of simply speaking and generating ideas. Words have power with a committed, passionate, and thought provoking speech.
Everyone has a potential in their life to speak. The more sincerity, passion, impact, and intention-the more profound.
As a clinician, educator, or just a spiritual being-it is a goal to leave a listener questioning, analyzing, or acting on an idea, theory, or behavioral tool. A listener can connect with a person who is evidently passionate about people with intention to educate pure goal of inspiration, encouragement, and motivation. For myself, it’s innate to make people feel like they are a part of my speech. What I experience is what everyone could, should, or would experience. And I feel priviledged to share my message with increasingly greater numbers of minds and those who seek to understand more. It’s the psycho education of our psychological minds and the “small stuff” that can move into our consciousness to create impactful change.
All of my experiences, knowledge, beliefs, passions, and strengths are shared in one package. It’s with greatest intention that I educate others on the illness, the hardships, the paths to improved health, inspiration in realistic doses while instilling empowerment to succeed in their own.
Why Choose Priscilla As A Speaker?
This is a trait that cannot necessarily be practiced rather it is reflective of a personal trait. It's within my best interest to be real, direct, and present that in my character and speech.
2.) Clear and Concise
It is natural to emphasize certain key concepts or points in a clear and concise manner. It has been reported to be helpful by clients and students in a learning environment. An audience member can easily become lost if points are unclear and as a result their attention is lost.
Being clear and concise goes hand and hand with structure. The structure of my presentations involve a hypothesis or main point supported by three additional points. With my audience, I set up a given path with the topic and make sure they are following me all the way through.
Often one will hear a presentation with not even one joke or something that makes the audience smile an extra bit. They are sitting on the edge of their seats to have something to lighten the seriousness or the person just focused on sharing rather than feeling. A dose of entertainment and laughter are hardly ever a bad choice in a speech. It's my goal to always incorporate humor and theatrics-making an impression or using dialogue.
Some people may watch a speech on Biology and think, "This is interesting, but it has nothing to do with me." What I am most thankful about with psychology is that it can relate to everyone. There are personal examples and common experiences that are relative to the lives of others. Even if the topic seems not relative, I will break down the small steps or parts and make it. The speech has a short time to catch their attention and when the realize it can impact their live, their children's life, their neighbor, their friend-they start becoming interested.
Sometimes people label themselves "Inspirational Speakers." It is an interesting label as I aim to incorporate a bit of inspiration and a whole lot of passion into my speeches. The passion to help and educate others comes has been a fifteen year purpose. It is an authentic delivery in words, speech, voice tone, facial expressions, and gestures. The people I am speaking to may just be "people," but for me I have a responsibility to educate them on how to improve their lives for the better. Whether it is Mental health, travel, self-help, purpose, self-awareness, addiction, spirituality, social skills/team building- inspiration can be present for many topics. All inspiration is good inspiration as long as it comes from the heart and a place of authenticity.
7. Set the Tone
The beginning of the speech can set the tone for the rest. Many speakers just dive right into the topic without giving the audience a chance to connect with them. It is common for me to share a funny story, ask for a feedback/ask a question/listen to them, or some kind of cliff hanger. It's recommended for speeches, but it just comes naturally and it is something I want to do. It is good and human when a people see your personality and how you tell a joke or appreciate an honest attempt to make a joke.
Therefore, I set the tone with a relaxed, kind personality and continue that on throughout my speech minus a dash of nervousness, which happens to us all.
Am I a perfect speaker?
Absolutely not. The word perfect should not apply to anything let alone public speaking. Even the best speakers will say they are still learning or they are not always at their best.
As a speaker, I have mentioned my positive qualities, but I am always learning and improving. Viewing the speeches of those I admire, books on how to improve, and one on one coaching with speakers-all these things help me to become better. My flaws include- still having nervous tendencies, my eye contact is a work in progress, and I need to decrease my "filler word" and increase my transitions.
People may read this and think I'm not a great speaker because I have flaws. According to the Chapman University Survey of 2014- Public Speaking is the number one fear for Americans next to Heights, and Snakes. It is highly common and makes logical sense for someone to have a fear of speaking as their insecurities are front and center on stage. Joel Osteen always mentions how shy and nervous he was and how he enjoyed being "behind the scenes." He worked very hard to overcome his insecurities with speaking and now is one of the best inspirational speakers in the world. Many stories with great speakers start off the same exact way.
It goes to show that in life, we have to face our fears to truly overcome them. If a person is afraid of spiders, it is unlikely they are going to read a book about spiders or stare at one from a distance-and be cured. It takes time for that fear to slowly extinguish itself and it is no different for public speaking.
It is a true belief that everyone has the potential to speak. It might to be to a room of one hundred people, but it could be to a small group of five, a work training, a speech for a library. The great speakers are living proof that we all start of somewhere to speak everywhere. PCR