Have you ever heard someone share their vision with you, and you find yourself bored? You don’t engage, you aren’t excited, and you really don’t care. If their vision matches their method of sharing that vision, you really don’t want to have anything to do with it!
On the other hand, when you hear someone share their vision with passion, it’s a whole different story. You want to hear more and you want to get involved. Their passion pulls you into the story.
The other night, my wife and I sat with a couple that had “passion” about their vision. We heard the story, heard the plan and we commented on their connection to the vision and their ability to share that vision!
Oprah Winfrey said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”
Passion is energy, and when you can share your vision with passion, things happen!
Dr. Michelle Mazure shares 3 tips for passionate speaking. The tips are hers, the comments are mine:
#1) Love Your Topic: You can’t fake people out.
This goes back to the “bored” comment above. People that love their topic are compelling. Sometimes in non-profit leadership, we forget why we’re doing what we’re doing. I was recently talking with a man who shared that their business had been so bogged down in growth and obstacles, that they had forgotten what they were trying to do. They received a story from someone who had benefitted from their product, and they “remembered” and were able to get excited again about what they were trying to do.
If you can’t fully embrace what you’re doing and why you’re doing it, do something else! If it’s become just a job, then do something else!
People will see right through you. You need to be 100% committed to your vision, then share that vision with everything you’ve got!
#2) Believe With Your Whole Heart and Being in What You Are Saying: Authenticity
Not only do you need to “love” what you’re talking about, but you need to believe in your message and be honest in your messaging.
Sometimes in our quest to make our vision more compelling, we use unrealistic statistics, we tell stories that didn’t really happen and we build up our role and importance.
Be honest. Be real. Be vulnerable.
People connect with this. They don’t want or need all that answers. They need to be able to trust and follow the messenger.
#3) Respect Your Audience: Be Prepared
I’ll never forget the time my friend Bruce handed me a match that was burning and he told me to share my vision before the flame reached my fingers. Very motivational!
The message is: Be ready to share your vision. Work at it. Practice the delivery. Anticipate the questions.
When an opportunity comes to share, realize that you may have ONE opportunity in front of these people, so make the most of it. Many times we don’t respect the audience is that we’re not ready, we’re late, we’re unsure of what we’re going to say.
You message is so much better when you’re ready!
Be passionate about what you’re doing. Use these three tips to communicate that vision in a way that will connect with the people that really do want to hear what you are so excited about!