In the classic animated PEANUTS special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Linus “owns the room” as he takes center stage and confidently explains to Charlie Brown the true meaning of Christmas. Linus delivers one of the most inspiring speeches of our time. In less than a minute he unites us all, painting a vision of love, joy and peace.
Wishing you the same this holiday season,
A little background: First broadcast on Dec. 9, 1965 with more than 15.4 million viewers, A Charlie Brown Christmas received rave reviews by almost every major television critic and earned Schulz and Mendelson an Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. Click here to discover: 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.
Want to set yourself apart from the crowd? Whether in a conference room, board room or main stage, turn and face your audience, greet them with a smile, and make every effort not to speak until you can see the white of their eyes. In the book, Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln, author James Humes refers to this as a power pause.
Want to immediately increase your credibility? Connect with your audience? Achieve results?
If so, read this article recently published in Speaker Magazine – Top 10 Most Annoying Speaker Habits by Eric Romero. Romero describes pet peeves that trip up even experienced speakers.
Top ones to avoid in my book:
#7: Endless Thanking
#9: Raising Hands
#10: Asking Too Many Questions
What speaker habits do you find annoying?
In this deceptively simple 3-minute TED talk, Dr. Laura Trice muses on the power of the magic words “thank you” — to deepen a friendship, to repair a bond, to make sure another person knows what they mean to you.
Not a “perfect” presenter by any means, Laura captures our hearts with the simplicity of her profound message and connects with her listeners by showing us who she really is.
This Thanksgiving holiday, who will you thank? Or, ask to thank YOU?