Why do we need more speakers? | Fola Daniel Adelesi
The last few decades have witnessed the upsurge of speakers in so many countries but we still have many more speakers coming up on daily basis and one really wonders why speakers should keep springing up! Is it that we do not have enough speakers to manage the knowledge need of the society? Some people may think that is a major reason and others may say that some of the speakers are growing old and new ones are coming up. Thats also sounds like a good explanation but I think theres more to it!
In the last ten years I have consistently listened to speakers in the periods when I could say I was an aspiring speaker and now in the days when I can say that I am a professional speaker. More than anything else I have noticed that the key issue is about the kind of speakers that we have. It is not that we do not have speakers who dress well or carry themselves well. These speakers really know how to impress their audience and get them to shout during the presentation and as well give a standing ovation after the presentation.
All we need to do is to take a quick test and we will get where the problem really is. Go into an audience that has just listened to a speaker to ask them what they heard. You will be so shocked to discover that more than 90 percent of the audience do not know what the speaker actually said. They really didnt get anything from the meeting but when the hook phrases came up the audience shouted and geared! At the end of the day you will realize that the cheering audience is left with nothing to go home with.
In a number of cases you will see, after a careful observation, that the speakers have consistently delivered in a way that the presentation is about them and not about the audience! the speakers focus more on getting attention and being praised instead of setting a strict sense goal on transferring skills or practical knowledge to the audience. It is very disheartening that in this present day we have only few content based speakers and many more ceremonial speakers! Interestingly, they are all making money from speaking with or without the content! The only difference is that with time it is the content based speakers that will last and they are the ones whose practical abilities will be transferred to new speakers and the society at large.
There are so many challenges in the society and speakers have a rare opportunity of fixing some of the challenges by first setting the agenda in the minds of people. Speakers have an unimaginable influence on their audience and it must be maximized for the purpose of productivity of those listening to them.
If you are a speaker in any industry or a speaker on general issues, I challenge you to create a greater and lasting impact on your audience by ensuring that your presentation is content based and not focused on your image or your ego as a speaker. Stop selling yourself all through presentations and leaving the audience to just think about you but have nothing personal to gain from you! When next you hold the microphone, speak for your people and not for yourself!
Fola Daniel Adelesi
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