Speaking Tips from the Democratic Presidential Debate
I am excited to share with you this BBC video, in which I give three tips for successful debating and analyze how the Democratic candidates are doing so far.
Debate Tip #1: Emotionally connect. People will always remember how they feel more than any information they learn. Making an emotional connection facilitates learning and actually helps the audience comprehend what they hear. A candidate succeeds when she emotionally connects with the audience and with the others on stage.
In last night’s debate, Pete Buttigieg sums up this advice this up when he says, “Before I share what’s in my plan, let me talk about what’s in my heart.”
Exactly. By sharing what’s in your heart, your audience will be better able to hear, understand, and remember your content. The next time you prepare any presentation, ask yourself, how do I want my audience to feel when they listen to me? Keep your answer to this question in mind as you build out your content and practice your delivery.
Design your presentation around your emotion, don’t hide from it. Your audience will be better able to understand your information if they can connect it to a corresponding emotion.
From the Green Room: Before you share your plan, share what’s in your heart.