For my speech at the National Association of Realtors’ conference in Dallas, I was asked to talk about the importance of speaking with empathy. I think this is an important message. I have learned that the biggest pet peeves I get from others are when I am overly emotional, and have no ability to understand the feelings of others. I am not the most outgoing person but I do really enjoy talking and interacting.
I don’t think most of us even have the vocabulary to describe what is really going on when we share our feelings, but we should at least be able to express these feelings clearly to those we love. I think this also goes for any kind of conversation, but especially those in which we are trying to change the world. If we want to make a difference in the world, we need to act in a way that will have the most impact.
This is why I do not like speeches. I feel like they are really just an excuse to hide behind the microphone, and they never really change anything, even though I can hear a lot of people nodding and agreeing with whatever they are saying. I also think that the best speeches are ones that are not so much about changing the world, but rather to do something good in it. And I think this goes for any kind of change in the world.
Pet peeves speeches are the best because they are also the worst because they are also the most boring. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a speech if the speaker is just giving an update on their life. But if they want to change the world, then they have to come out and say so. The ones that really matter are the ones that are personal and the ones that are meaningful.
So I think the best example of this is the speech that I gave to the Australian Parliament when I was the Minister of Infrastructure in 2010. I was talking about how the Government was going to change the world. I was trying to explain that we had a plan that we were all living with and that was a big part of why we were all here. And then I had to tell them that I was stepping down in two years and they were going to do the same thing.
The Prime Minister’s speech has a lot of these, and they’re all pretty big ones. I hate speeches, and I think they’re annoying, but I get the point of them. I can only speak for myself, of course, but I agree.
I think the biggest complaint I have about a lot of speeches is the speechwriters. I mean, they have a very easy time making me feel like I’m not qualified to be speaking because of how stupid and stupid the speech was. And I think this is why I find myself in trouble on a lot of these speeches. I hate the speeches, but I also hate being told what to say by someone I don’t even know.
There is definitely a difference between making a speech and delivering one, but I think any speech writer worth their salt has to understand that the speeches we deliver are the speeches they are going to deliver to others. If you make a speech that you think is a great speech, then you will probably deliver a speech that you think is a great speech.
I think one of the most important things you can do is to let your audience know what you are about to talk about. If you don’t have anything to say, you don’t have to say it. If you’re talking about what’s on your mind, then make sure you keep your listeners engaged. Make sure you have a good sense of humor, and keep it light and funny.
Speaking up, being open, being honest, being direct are all important aspects of being a good teacher. It is not about what you say, but about how you say it.