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From the desk of Steve Lowell, Master Speaker and Mentor to those who speak in public.

TELL A COMPELLING STORY

Get Into Character

Many speakers, especially novice speakers, find it difficult to get into character when they speak. We’re so used to speaking in our own, familiar voice and using our natural body movements that stepping outside of the routine makes us feel like we’re in some far-away galaxy. We feel self-conscious as our ego kicks in, pulling us back to our own familiar voice and mannerisms.

Your effectiveness as a speaker is directly proportionate to your willingness to let go of your ego, to do what’s required to reach your audience. Sometimes, that means doing what others are unwilling to do. Since most people are only comfortable in their own skin, there’s a high reluctance to bring forth an alternate character, even for a short time. This means that you, as a speaker, have an opportunity to stand out from the crowd if you can step outside the confines of your own ego and bring your story to life by getting into character.

If the character in your story is angry, show your audience what anger looks like. If your character is sad, show your audience what sadness looks like. Learn to step into the moment and animate your characters while you speak, and your audience will love you for it!

So, what’s the lesson? When telling stories, the more you can get into character, the more powerful and interesting your story will be to your audience.

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