Markus Voss lives in Jena, Germany.
Besides working on the Mideast conflict and his research on the philosophy of religion, he has gained national media attention for his pioneering work on U.S. President Barack Obama and is currently finishing his book on the evolution of Obama's personality and speeches.
- Be honest .
(we’ll come to back to that and I hope that at the end of the article, you’ll have good idea of what I mean by that.)
- Be good.
A phenomenon you’ve very probably observed all too many times:
Most people don’t reach their true potential. In fact, many people just try to get by: for various reasons they remain behind their original goals and merely wish they had reached their aims instead of striving for them and achieving them.
Who do you think will have delivered a better speech? – she who says “I did well” or he who says “Well, this one over with, but...”?
It sounds arrogant, to be sure. But remember what a very arrogant man once said:
“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” (Steve Jobs)
A speech is a product of yourself, that’s a given. It is a piece of art emanating from your very own personality.
So, the only way to deliver a good speech is to be a good speaker.
And the only way to be good speaker is to become one: no one is born a good speaker, no one is born eloquent, no one is born an athlete, no one born sophisticated. These are skills and, if I may say so, traits of personality you acquire and develop. And if you don’t consider yourself to be a great speaker, not even a good speaker – that doesn’t have to bother you, no one started out giving speeches like Barack Obama, certainly not Barack Obama.
What do I mean by that?