Public Speaking Tip from Harold Pinter

“One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.”

Those are the words of Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize winning playwright, who celebrates his birthday today.

And his take on speech is somewhat cynical and perhaps true.

But the best speakers fight the urge to use speech to cover their nakedness. Indeed the best communicators understand that they are at their best when they are most personally revealing, truthful, and authentic.

If you want to give a great speech, tell personal and revealing stories about yourself, both your successes and failures.

When I talk about my own story, I always tell about how when I was an attorney, I would couldn’t answer a question without going into a longwinded explanation.  Audiences respond to such personal stories.

Don’t hide yourself with your speech. Reveal yourself.

Do that and your audiences will respond.

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