If you’ve ever posted a blog, and then the next day thought “what was that about?”, welcome to my day today. Why did I call my post “Ace your Introduction”, when I was clearly talking about the Opening sequence of your speech? You guessed it…I should stop posting so late at night. Now, if you read that post in the first 12 or so hours, you saw the bad title. When I noticed my error, I made a quick change to “Ace your Opening”, since that was what I was referring to. I’ll be sure to get it right on the audio lesson.
Are you wondering why I’m admitting my error in this post? Truthfully, it’s all about the process. As I put my thoughts out there, I will probably have some occasional errors. After all, this is “Talk to the Human”, not “Talk to the perfect dude who never makes a mistake and always types perfect ‘stuff’ and is generally ‘wow’ in everything he does”.com, right?
Continuing on with the thougth from last night, I seem to have developed a preference for using either a question or a quote for my spech openings. In complete disclosure I’d tell you that this is because my storytelling skills are still a bit lacking. That’s why I’m working on a home-study course from Craig Valentine on storytelling, and preparing to work out of the storytelling manual in my Toastmasters clubs. I intend to finish the Facilitating Discussion manual I’m working on at a 12 September training session.
I was just about to write that finishing the one manual will give me some available bandwidth to work on that Storytelling manual. That seems a little “non-human” for the Talk to the Human guy, doesn’t it? I heard that term used by someone to describe why they couldn’t take on a particular project (i.e. “not enough bandwidth, Rob”) and it really caught my attention.
It’s funny (at east to me) how something that seems wrong can turn out to be useful, such as using a word like that as an attention getter. Should I chalk that up to being an advanced technique, or just the random selection of an IT professional? You be the judge.
My point: I think the Story option will be the strongest of the choices for opening a speech, and so I’d like to be able to skillfully deliver an opening story that I could reference (call back to) during the body and even the conclusion of the speech. This means I really should take some of the advice I’ve heard and create a story file. Perhaps I’ll add that to my list of things to get done this week, that is if I have enough bandwidth…