The SPICE Formula of Sensational Speaking
Be a Philosopher Who Speaks
In late summer of 2010, John
Heney took the stage at a networking and business
education event called “Your Stage,” which I facilitate
in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to that time, I knew John Heney
simply as “John.” I knew nothing about John because he
was this seemingly nice, quiet guy who came to the
events and never said much.
At these events, we invite our
members to speak as a regular part of the program, thus
the name “Your Stage.” On this day, it was John’s turn
to take the stage.
John’s presentation wasn’t a
retelling of his life experiences, although he did
include some of that. His talk wasn’t an information
session in which he reported on his research, although
he included some of that as well. No, the dominant
message in John’s talk, the gist of his speech, was that
we’re all on stage all the time, and everything we do is
being watched by others, sometimes having an effect that
changes their lives. In just a few minutes, John put a
new spin on the value of “Your Stage,” and personalized
its value to each and every person in the room.
John opened our eyes to a new way
of looking at the world in which we live. He shared the
philosophy by which he lives his life with us, and
invited us all to explore that philosophy and see how it
might apply to our own lives. He did that by applying
his own creativity to a familiar foundation, our event
called “Your Stage.”
John Heney happens to be a highly
educated man. His wisdom and experience are beyond
measure and his contribution to the world is vast. He
has much expertise and great knowledge and he could have
presented himself as an expert or a reporter on any
number of topics. Instead, at this session of “Your
Stage,” John chose to present himself as a philosopher,
sharing his insights and creative spin on the world.
What are your philosophies? What
personalized and creative spin have you placed on an
existing situation? How have you creatively solved a
problem in your life? Your creativity and personal
philosophies could change the lives of others.
So, what’s the lesson? You don’t
have to be an expert or a reporter to earn the right to
speak. Share your creativity and your philosophy and be
a philosopher who speaks.