There’s an interesting article in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune about Jon Favreau, the 27-year-old chief speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Â Favreau was asked what was the key to Obama’s great speeches.
His response: “Tell a story. That’s the most important part of every speech, more than any given line. Does it tell a story from beginning to end?”
This is why people loved Paul Harvey. The man could tell a story.Â Â Notice, the details.Â We pay attention because we want to find out what will happen next. And we pay attention because of his interesting, staccato delivery.
Paul Harvey, who died this weekend, never used PowerPoint.Â He never interacted with his audience using webinars or modern gizmos like “twitter.”
He just sat in front of a microphone, spoke with energy, and told stories. And people listened.
I used to love Paul Harvey.Â Not because I agreed with his conservative politics.Â I think the the obituaries have over stated that stuff.
I just loved hearing him tell stories.Â When he came on the radio, I would sit in my car until his broadcast was done.Â So would millions of others as they waited to hear “The rest of the story.”
And he always had something uplifting to say.
Paul Harvey said, “Â Â Â â€œIn times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.â€