Mike Tyson, former heavyweight boxing champion, made a famous retort before one of his boxing matches. You may have heard of it. This is what transpired. Before the match a group of journalists was quizzing Tyson and one journalist mentioned that Tyson’s opponent had a plan to defeat him. Tyson retorted: “Everyone’s got a plan, until they get punched in the mouth”.
Why is Barack Obama such a captivating speaker? It’s because of many things, including: Owning and ‘extending’ time; lyrical, melodic voice usage, deft figure of speech usage (eg. anaphora*) , fluid carriage and movement of his body and the use of fresh, compelling metaphors.
A few weeks back I was having a coffee with a former 1:1 executive coaching client of mine. This man had recently landed a job at a new corporation. He shared with me that at his job interview for the new position, he had remembered to use an Open -Middle – Close speaking structure (that I had coached him on) to answer the first interview question.…
If you don’t believe in the messenger you won’t believe the message. And you can’t believe in the messenger unless you know what the messenger believes.