Speaking Lesson from Back to the Future
October 21, 2015
Back to the Future Day
Who is the hero of Back to the Future?
Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is certainly the star of the movie, but the hero is his father George McFly.
The hero is the person in the story who overcomes doubt and undergoes a transformation that saves the day.
George McFly goes from being a wimp and a coward to a man of strength and conviction. His son Marty plays the role of the catalyst – the one who helps George make that leap that ultimately redeems his life and his future.
As a speaker, we make the mistake of thinking of ourselves as the hero.
After all, we are the star of the show. The speaker is the one standing up there talking – with all eyes on her.
In reality, the audience is the hero. The audience is the one who must undergo a transformation – who must ultimately move from darkness to light. And you as the speaker are the catalyst – the one who will help them get there.
This takes the pressure off you. The story is no longer about you – it is about the audience. You are there in order to help the audience.
From the Green Room: It’s not about you. The real hero of any presentation is your audience. Your job is to help them fulfill their mission.