The Study Dude—Speech Writing for the Soul

Someday, you may desire to share your wisdom, talent, or knowledge.  That wisdom within you could be as iconic as Nelson Mandela.  It could be a tearjerker.  It could be a story that warms the heart of your grandchildren.  It’s your truth.

We all stumble in life.  We all suffer.  And we all eventually over time overcome.

But why not hasten that learning curve?  Why not reach your hand out, while clutching a treat, to the skin-diseased, emaciated dog caged under a doorstep?  Taunt him to return with you to a care facility, where his fur grows back and his scared eyes turn zesty again.  You could teach others how the heart of all beings are one with your own, how, when we mistreat another being, in some ethereal way, we all suffer.

Why not take a granddaughter, hooked on opium, down a path of spiritual awakening—a path where she models her own behaviors on those she longs from a Prince Charming?  You could teach her that what we offer is what we attract—and that we could hone traits in ourselves that we most love in others.  That’s often what little children do, playing house and pampering dolls, star struck by the wonderful love ever-flowing from their doting mothers.

Someone needs your wisdom.  And no wisdom is too small.  Pull out your magnifying glass that stretches your wisdom to the heavens.  That’s how magnificent your wisdom is.  As my beloved friend says, “If I get one thing from a course, it was worth it.”

To awaken someone from a path of pain, your speech holds power.  I want to share with you tips on the meaning behind speeches, so you can tell your story, whether on television, on stage, on YouTube, or in your kitchen.

Author Mike Acker reveals how to write speeches in his five-star book Write to Speak: How to go from blank page to speaking on stage.  Let me share some of his insights to help you share your heart at the moment you most need the release.  I hope to help you find the “why” in your story.

Mike Acker says, “Here are the three questions and the four-part pattern in which they should be asked: WHY? who? WHAT? WHO?” (0%).  He adds, “You need a ‘WHY’ that helps people.  Ask yourself, why are you giving this speech?” (8%).

So, “find a ‘WHY’ that is not about production, but about people.  Find a meaningful why” (9%).  I am writing because I want you to have more ways to share your heart.  I believe your heart has the beauty of eternity.  Who wouldn’t want the chance to hear you speak—and to learn from a life lesson only you can tell?

When you speak from your heart, your audience gains.  So, place your heart in the “why” you wish to share.  Caring for others turns your words from knowledge into wisdom.  Look at the difference in the following “why’s”: “I am speaking because I want to speak vs I am speaking because I have a message that will add value to the people I am addressing” (10%).  One shows self-interest; the other, caring.  As another example, check out the difference in these two “why’s”: “I am speaking because my church/non-profit/school asked me to speak vs I believe in this cause and want to speak to help others understand why this is important” (10%).  Helping others is the heartbeat of a good speech.

After all, your speech is meant to nurture your listeners; your heartbeat, to heal the world.

Acker, Mike.  (2019).  WRITE to SPEAK: How to go from blank page to speaking on stage.  E-book.
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