Yesterday was Woody Allen’s birthday and it reminded me of how you don’t have to be a wonderful “orator” to be a highly effective communicator. What you do need, however, is to learn how to be a highly animated version of yourself.
The idea is to speak to your listeners like you’re speaking to a good friend during a highly animated dinner conversation.
The opening sequence of Allen’s Academy Award winning classic “Annie Hall” is a perfect example. Allen is vocally and facially animated. Yet he’s not trying to be anything but himself.
Allen is no orator. But he’s no less effective in his own way than Barack Obama.