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Sorting Your Big Idea

Lesson 8 from: FAST CLASS: Heroic Public Speaking

Michael Port, Amy Port

Sorting Your Big Idea

Lesson 8 from: FAST CLASS: Heroic Public Speaking

Michael Port, Amy Port

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8. Sorting Your Big Idea

Lesson Info

Sorting Your Big Idea

So we're always playing roles all the time in all aspects of our life. We play roles, You're playing the role of an audience member. But when you go give a speech, you're playing the role of the speaker, it's a different role. When you go on a first date, you're playing a particular role, the best possible version of you. And if you pretend that you're something other than you are, eventually, it's going to fall apart when you're, when you're with your Children and your parent, You're playing a particular role. If you have a child that's nine and child that's 19, your role will change a teacher plays a role in a classroom with kids. But then when they're with their friends out having some drinks, they play a different role and the role that they play is related to the other people at that table and the rules those people play. But here's the thing, ideally their authentic roles when they become inauthentic, that's when people don't want to be around you and they certainly don't want to...

learn from you. So this is I think deep, So just take it in and think about it over time. But when you are presenting here, you're creating a character, It's an amplification of the parts of your personality that you want to let out in that speech. You're creating a character and that character is able to tell the story of that big idea and deliver on that big promise and you might play slightly different characters in different types of speeches. So my character in the Think Big Revolution keynote is a slightly different character than when I'm teaching a book yourself. Solid course, it's still me. I don't, I don't, I don't like have a limp for one of them, you know, it's not that kind of character role. I don't wear a wig in one, it's not that, but I have found different parts of my personality, different ways of expressing myself that fit one character better in one particular presentation than in another. So just hold that idea. Don't worry. If you absolutely feel like, oh, I could do that or I get that, just hold the idea. And as you're working on your material over the coming weeks and months, start to see well what character am I playing here and you'll start to see a character developed. And then what happens is when you have to do something again and again and again and again, you can slip into that character on a moment's notice because now it starts to live in you. So when I'm at home, I don't talk like this, but when I'm on a huge stage, I am very physical. I tone it down for a space like this, this is toned down okay, but I don't do that at home when I'm having a conversation with my nine year old because I'm playing a different role and that's the way the character that I'm playing moves in that presentation. And yet it's still authentically him because he has taken facets of his personality. He has this capacity to be very dynamic and very engaged and and so he pulls and amplifies excuse me, those characteristics of his personality still authentic. Now, one of the very freeing things about this is if you are, if you are nervous about public performance, you're like, oh my gosh, I'm going to get up on stage in front of all those people, what are they going to think of me? What are they going to think of my ideas? It actually helps to go. I'm playing a version of me, I'm playing a certain role, I'm playing the me that is completely confident and comfortable on stage, talking about things that matter to me

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Developing Your Big Idea - A Self Guided Worksheet
Guide to Making World Saving Speeches - 25 more tips
Syllabus
Practice Script 1
Practice Script 2

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