by Promod Sharma, CC
Stephen Covey said that we see the world not as it is but as we are. You’ll reach more of your audience if you look at the world differently.
Have you done a speech making points contrary to your views?
Think back to your last vacation. Would you recommend that trip to others? If yes, highlight the negatives instead. If no, highlight the positives.
Discomfort ZoneHere’s another idea. Think of something you consider an extravagance and usually avoid. That could be to:
- take a day off when work is piling up
- go to dinner and a play
- get valet parking
- go to a less nice restaurant than you normally would
DebatesDebates are part of the Toastmasters experience. At Goodyear Toastmasters, the room gets arbitrarily divided into two groups. You may be forced to briefly adopt a view contrary to your own. The topic could be gun control, for instance. This experience can help you see the world differently but you’re only involved briefly. You’re also competing to win, which can affect your motivation.
Doing something with conviction is much more effective than merely talking.
BenefitsWe benefit from looking at things in different ways. An "opposite" exercise helps you see different perspectives. That's helpful during Table Topics and real life situations like negotiations at work or home.
You can create a speech from your experiences.
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- image courtesy of Michael Brown
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