The Five Elements: Passion

“Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.”

Rinku Sen - Pop!Tech 2009 - Camden, ME

image: Kris Krüg, Pop!Tech

This does not just apply to dancers but to anyone who stands up in front of an audience and tries to connect with them. This does not mean that presenters should become dancers or actors because it’s easy for actors to make Shakespeare sound good, what we have to do is much more challenging, we have to make science, economics or computers interesting!

One of the key ways to get our audience interested in our subject is by using the second of “The Five Elements of the Perfect Speech” – Passion.

When we stand up and speak about our subject with real passion, the audience will hear this, they will see this and they will feel this and they will be interested because we pick up on people’s passion, we want to share it, we as an audience want to know why you’re so excited about this topic..

The opposite is also true. We’ve all sat in lectures where the lecturer sounds bored with the topic and we feed off this, if the lecturer finds it boring then we lose interest as well and by the end of the lecture no-one has any interest.

Passion is powerful, use it.