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The 3 Types of Speakers: Informative, Motivational, & The Story Teller.

May 24, 2019 Isaac Serwanga
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The 3 Types of Speakers: Informative, Motivational, & The Story Teller.
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Inform & Inspire Podcast
The 3 Types of Speakers: Informative, Motivational, & The Story Teller.
May 24, 2019
Isaac Serwanga

Before you deliver your next presentation, identify what kind of speaker you are.  This episode is an excerpt from Isaac's presentation on transformative public speaking with the Sac State MBA program. 

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Before you deliver your next presentation, identify what kind of speaker you are.  This episode is an excerpt from Isaac's presentation on transformative public speaking with the Sac State MBA program. 

Speaker 1:

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Speaker 2:

Friends--

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Thank you so much for tuning into the inform and inspire podcast. This is your host. Isaac Serwanga. I wanted to set up the segment you were about to tune into. This was from a presentation with Sac State MBA program. Go Hornets! We had a blast together. The following segment is about how to be the best version of yourself when presenting in any scenario and helping you identify what type of speaker you are. I would love to continue the conversation; would love the feedback; would love to connect. My Twitter handle is @isaacserwanga. Enjoy.

Speaker 2:

November, 2017, I was afforded the opportunity to give my first Tedx talk. Can I tell you I was excited? You have to imagine a young professional starting out ready. 26 years old. I remember getting on the phone with a friend of mine. I was nervous. "Man, I'm ready. I think I'm going to kill it, but I'm nervous.

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"Don't be nervous. But just remember for the next five to seven years, every person that you meet professionally is going to watch this video first. So when you step on that stage, don't slip up. But you got this. Don't be nervous."

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So I'm getting ready for Tedx here at Sac state, the very first Tedx on this campus. You can give it up for the that! Come on. We're here, right? And I'm here and I'm ready and I want to make this very clear. So I'm thinking to myself -- and what I used to do is when I prepare I would give a talk at least a hundred times before I give it. Write that down. I give it mentally, I give it out. I talked to people conversationally in the shower. I'm like, okay, this is okay. I'm going to do this right. I'm in the park and what I do is I walk by myself and as I walked by myself, I'm giving the entire talk. I'm talking to myself. There was like a lady in the park and she sees me. She's like, oh my God, poor soul. He lost his sanity so young.

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And I'm just going in mentally and the only thing that I'm thinking to myself is Powerpoint or no PowerPoint. That's all I'm thinking. Should I use the PowerPoint behind me or should I just use the guns? Or should I use the PowerPoint? So I'm, I'm researching and I'm watching. I've watched more TED talks than you could possibly imagine. I'm studying and I'm like, okay, they do this. They do that. I've seen good ones with the PowerPoint. I've seen good ones without, and what I noticed is I said, you know what? I'm going to ask my closest friends and family. I'm going to take a poll, right?

Speaker 2:

So I took a poll, 12 people that I love that know me well. I said, sister, should I, should I use a PowerPoint? She goes, yeah, something to back you up. Use a PowerPoint. Mom, should I use a PowerPoint? She says, 'No PowerPoint. Use you.' I say, "Bro, should I use a PowerPoint. He goes, yeah, you need the stats to back up what you've done. I said, cool. A mentor of mine, should I use a PowerPoint? He goes, no, you're good. I go through the entire list now for me. Guess what happens? You guys are smart. One more time, six, six. I put the list down and I go, what was I thinking with an even number, right? What was I thinking? And I had six people tell me, this is important to me, guys. I want you guys to hear this. I'm getting ready for the biggest speech of my professional life, right? And professionals. People that I love are telling me no PowerPoint, PowerPoint and it's six, six and I'm like, how am I going to break this tie?

Speaker 3:

I'm like, wait,

Speaker 2:

I didn't ask one person who didn't. I ask one more time. Who did I ask? I didn't ask myself. I need you guys to sit on this. Let this sink in. I did not ask myself what I would be most comfortable with to present. Who else is all on the stage with me when I present, I didn't ask my own opinion.

Speaker 3:

Cool.

Speaker 2:

When we talk about public speaking and why say authenticity engages. Listen to me here. You have to know yourself before you go and seek advice. You'll have to speak from the gut before you go and ask because when you're talking to an audience, an audience can feel realness and you have to be yourself. If you can't be yourself, you will never engage in the way in which you want. We're talking about transformational public speaking and many of us are trying to be a carbon copy of somebody else.

Speaker 4:

Okay?

Speaker 2:

Many of us are being a carbon copy of someone else, and I learned in that moment that I have to listen to me first in order to really deliver a message that informs and inspires. If you feel me, say Amen. If that point hits home, say, Hey man, you've got to ask yourself first. So here's the question, guys. Got a pen ready? There's three types of speakers. There's only three. Number one, the informative speech. Everybody say informative, Portsea brain and say, informative. Now you guys know this speaker. This is the speaker that goes like this. [inaudible]

Speaker 2:

good afternoon everyone. Today we'll be talking about the eight fundamental tips to public speaking, right? And then he's going to tell you the eight fundamental tips to public speaking. After he tells you the eight he's going to say, I just told you the eight fundamental tips to public speaking. Thank you. How would you guys have heard or set and saw a sneaker like this? Can I get a hand right? Nothing wrong with it, right? I'll talk about the strengths and weaknesses and strengths. It's to the point you get the content. You're there. You're never going to miss out. The weakness is it hits the mind, but it doesn't hit the, it hits the mind, but it doesn't hit the speak like your speaker. It hits the mind, but it doesn't hit the right, so when you're trying to deliver a message, understand the informative is great, but it's missing a piece, if that makes sense.

Speaker 2:

Say Amen. Right? Speaker number two guys are writing. Speaker number two is motivation. Everybody say motivational. Now, this is a great speaker, a motivational speaker that just delivering a motivational message. It doesn't always have to be a motivational message. Let me preface that. A motivational speaker gives you the energy, gives you the juice and sometimes leaves out the what? The content. I give you the power. I give you everything I'm going to give you. I'm a give you my energy and at the end you're like, Woo, what do I do? I didn't hear. I didn't have a plan, right? There was no plan there. I felt your energy, but you didn't give me the, you didn't give me the content. You were more on the energy side than the content side. Can I get a head nod Gus following me? That's the motivational speaker and author.

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Motivational speaker hits the but forgets the, the motivational speaker hits the what? Forgets the right. You guys get following me. So that's the motivational speaker. There's the last speaker. This is number three. You guys got a pen? Write it down. The last speaker, repeat after me is the storyteller. The last speaker is a storyteller. Repeat it or storyteller. Now this is obvious a storyteller, but let me tell you what a story teller does very well. A storyteller has the ability to put the content in the context of an incredible story that doesn't point at you, but takes you on a journey. So I'm never talking at you. I say, come on this journey, right? Talking at you. Informative. I'm a storyteller. Come on this journey. Feel the difference. Check the word. Feel the difference. A storyteller has the ability and nose here this, and write this down please. A storyteller puts the content within a vehicle. They use the story as the vehicle to deliver the message.

Speaker 2:

A storyteller uses the story as a vehicle to deliver the message. So here's my action step for you. There's number one though. The first speaker is the wet informative. The second speaker is the what? The third speaker is the what. I want everyone in here to identify what they are. Now, write that down for yourself. I am what do you most identify with? And be honest with yourself. Who are you as a speaker? Who? Who are you? Authentically? Everybody. Write that down. Now the second thing that I encourage you to do, and this is a longterm process, this is not fixed in one in one session, is to look at how you can use the other two in your presentation. A great presenter, a transformational public speaker, uses all three. They deliver the content to hit you in the mind, right? They deliver the energy to resonate with the heart, and they deliver it in a story that allows you to tell someone else what you just heard. Does that make sense? Say, yeah, that makes sense. Say, Oh yeah, good. Does that make sense? Oh yeah.

Speaker 1:

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