Public Speaking Review: Stop Waiting For Life To Happen
Date: June 3, 2016
Becoming an authentic speaker isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and with a copious amount of presenters on the Internet, there’s a huge amount of competition to create a speech that will change people’s lives.
We’ve rifled through the most inspirational videos on YouTube – primarily Ted Talk sources – and discovered Peter Sage.
A well-known international and serial entrepreneur, Peter has inspired tens of thousands of people to reinvent themselves and improve their approach to business.
One particular speech which brought a positive reaction was titled, Stop Waiting For Life To Happen and here’s what we thought of it.
Generating Emotion and Evoking Thoughts In A Speech
The optimum accomplishment of a speech is to get the audience to think for themselves. If you are merely expressing your views and the audience are mechanically sitting there absorbing everything you have to say, then their presence isn’t really needed.
What Peter Sage does so brilliantly is allow people to ponder on his questions and conceptions.
For example, from 1:24 to 1:50, he builds up to the leading question: “What do we do with the gift [of life] we got?”
Listen to this section without not trying to answer it. You can’t ignore what he’s asking because he’s talking about our lives and his questions affects us.
Another way Peter fills the room in such a way that you can practically hear people’s minds ticking is by using facts and figures to secure his views.
Two minutes into his speech, he focuses on the interactive world we live in and how we’re always just one notification away from one another. This time-relevant topic is always talked about, but not with the angle he uses.
It’s clear he’s researched before writing the speech as he proclaims that prescription drugs are at an all-time high to medicate the loneliness some people feel. But after you’ve listened to his previous statement that the internet is keeping us together, you begin to question why so many of us feel so alone.
You’d be a fool to think that Peter’s approach is only serious and educational, as he injects humour to give the audience an insight into his personality and help them relax.
When talking about our battle to enter the world nine months before we’re born, he says, “four hundred million to one and you show up”. This is then followed by giggles because of the sheer chance for us to exist, before leading up to (in my opinion) the best question he asks in his 17-minute talk: “Why did you want to be here so badly?”
Many speakers regurgitate philosophies and topics we’ve heard time and time before: thinking positively, being confident and finding success. But Peter is talking about the simplest concept we could comment on, yet ignore so much – human evolution.
The Pace Of His Speech And Personality
It’s not always the content of your speech that will win over an audience, but how you project and communicate with them.
Peter’s soothing tone is gentle on the ear, so we don’t feel shouted at. His warm soul and honest passion allows you to take in what he’s saying and store it in your heart, rather than be intimidated by his intellectual philosophies.
A warm smile, open body language and a pureness about his character makes you want to give him a hug afterwards. You too should inject this charisma into your talks, so listeners aren’t daunted by your story, but want to approach you afterwards.
From talking about how the human anatomy is connected, to being born, to a renowned speaker who dealt with many difficulties in her life, he leaves us feeling energised and hindered by how mystifying our existence is.
Many of his examples are sad because they’re real – particularly when he talks about a man who was in the World Trade Centre calling his wife to get married, but then the phone went dead.
Your heart stops and your body is covered in goose bumps. ‘Please say something next which will make me feel better’ you telepathically say to him. And he does.
But the job of a speaker is to make you feel something. If you’re sitting in the audience – or in my case, behind a screen – you want to be taken on an emotional ride, because that’s what makes you tell your friends about it afterwards and do something with the information you’ve been told in the speech.
Take a listen to Peter’s speech yourself and remind yourself that it’s not all about the content – but the heart and preparation that you put into it. Change your audience’s life one line at a time and don’t be afraid to use real examples – even if they aren’t always easy to listen to.