Recently I was asked to give a speech ( see the link below) about the revitalization of Downtown Cincinnati, and my role in it as a journalist and ambassador for the cultural arts community. It was the first time that I was able to sit down and write my thoughts, my honest thoughts about the journey this city has taken and my ride along with it. And I was nervous. How honest could I be? How much of my truth could I tell? How much vulnerability should I show? I decided to be my authentic self.
As I wove my way around my 11 minute story, I could feel the audience join me in the highs and lows of my story. I was speaking truth, and audiences always connect with that. Universal themes, emotions and experiences allow the listener to step into your shoes and experience your message with you, and not just listen to you.
When preparing for a speech any speech take a moment and pinpoint the universal truths in your message and start from there. Be honest, be vulnerable. Be your authentic self. It's someone we all can relate to.