Today’s post is by Lisa Marshall, author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker’s Guide to Success in Every Situation (CLICK HERE to get your copy).
I think we all have instinctive radar that draws us to people who are real, who are authentic, and who are able to share their passions.
When I was in high school, my boyfriend Michael and I were offered 8th row tickets for a Bob Seger concert. Although, I didn’t know anything about Bob Seger’s music, but that night I became a huge fan, and not because of his music.
It made such a big impression on me, I still remember it vividly in my mind. Bob and his band were having so much fun on stage: it seemed as if they were just a bunch of high school boys enthusiastically horsing around in their parent’s basement. It was if they were just playing around and it didn’t matter that over 40,000 eyes were watching them perform.
What I remember most is their excitement and energy. Bob was moving around so much under the hot lights that he kept changing his shirt. It was the same shirt just in different colors: a red one, a blue one, a green one. The energy was contagious!
On the way home in the car, I said to Michael, “I want to be like Bob Seger.” He said, “You want to be in a band?” I said, “No, I want my job to be something I enjoy so much that people around me can just feel it … just like Bob Seger.”
Yet, at the same time, we sometimes feel somewhat reluctant and somewhat uncomfortable about sharing our passions publicly and whole-heartedly. Particularly, at work and at school, we’re trained to communicate in a dispassionate and objective manner.
Certainly there’s need for objective, dispassionate analytical study, however when you communicate face-to-face, your excitement is what draws people in and is what compels them to take action. Listeners need to instinctively feel your passion, hear the excitement in your voice, and see the excitement in your eyes. That’s what inspires us.