Polished and passionate.
Someone that has a grasp on the subject matter and an understanding of the audience.
Most of all…short and strategic.
Having been exposed to numerous effective speakers, politicians, celebrities and oratory professionals I began to consider if the length of the speech or the presentation has any affect, on it’s effect.
It certainly does.
If a speaker comes to the podium, leave the audience wanting more.
Not wishing the speaker had spoken less.
Why does a celebrity receiving an award feel the need to speak until the orchestra cuts them off?
Because of the short attention span of American audiences?
Less words are more easily processed, recalled and lived out.
Ever heard a hit pop song that lasted more than four minutes?
There are exceptions.
Again, it is rare.
What people need are less speeches, less sermons, less books and even less blogs.
Quality of words not quantity.
Followed by actions.
What people need is to hear is your actions speaking through your life, my life, your actions, my actions, our willingness together to serve without words, show love without language and leading people along the path, not telling them how to get there.