Use the Six Common Emotions in Your Speech

Have you ever given a speech that talked about the time you climbed Mt. Everest?

Or when you “looked death in the eye” during a life-threatening illness?

Or how you overcome every conceivable obstacle to win an Olympic medal?


You’ve never experienced any of those accomplishments?

Come to think of it, neither have most people who listen to your speech.

Your Stories Are Valuable

That’s why you have more valuable stories than you realize. Your tales of everyday strife, struggle and setback, along with your successes, will appeal to others.

At one time, you may have thought “I haven’t really done anything remarkable or overcome any great obstacles, so who’d want to hear my speech?” This is a common sentiment, and it is precisely why you should speak.  You’re just like most other people.

We all have different stories, but we share the same emotions. Six of the most common emotions are: Happiness, Anger, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Surprise.

The most important stories of your life are wrapped around these emotions. The birth of your first child. The surprise and anger of losing a job. The fear you felt as a child when attending a new school. These events have been experienced and felt by every person.

Use Emotions to Connect With Their World

When you talk about these common emotions, you ‘tap’ into your listeners’ world, and then bring them into yours. This creates a connection between you and your audience.  It increases the chance that you’ll have an impact on their lives.

When viewed in this light, my clients understand that their stories have the potential to impact others. For example, share a story of relationship, financial, or job struggles. You might help the person who’s sitting in the audience, going through those same issues at that time.

Remember, audience members connect with common experiences. Haven’t climbed a mountain? Cheated death? Won Olympic gold?


Use your everyday common experiences and the six common emotions to connect with your listeners. Your impact will be felt long after you walk off the stage.

What have been your experiences with this subject?


Inject More Humor into Your Speeches and Stories – MP3

In this thought-provoking interview, Phil Barth shares secrets that he uses to not only add humor to his presentations, but also helped him reach the finals of the 2011 World Championship of Public Speaking. Phil is a popular speaker who energizes, entertains and inspires his audiences. He is also a life-long student of the craft of humor.

In this audio MP3, you’ll get:

  • The reasons humor in speaking is important
  • The difference between comedy and humor
  • How to use stories to elicit humor
  • Ideas to attract more humor into your life
  • The key to delivering humor and creating audience connection
  • Ideas to overcome common humor mistakes
  • …and much more!

If you want to Inject More Humor into Your Presentations, Click Here

Create Maximum Speech Impact ultima modifica: 2008-09-01T04:29:26-04:00 da Michael Davis