Professional speakers primary goal is to engage, educate, and inspire our audiences, with some entertainment mixed in.
With this in mind, it’s important to make our audiences feel good and uplifted when we speak, right?
Are you sure about that?
It seems counterintuitive, but there are significant advantages to intentionally making our listeners feel uncomfortable during our presentations.
Think about this:
How motivated are you to change when everything in your life feels like it’s going well?
Not much, are you?
When we’re not feeling totally comfortable, or we’re out of our “comfort zone,” we’re much more likely to feel like taking new actions, aren’t we?
Discomfort can create a transformative experience that leaves a lasting impact on audiences.
Here are three reasons why you should embrace discomfort and the benefits audiences will receive from doing so:
1. Capture Attention And Foster Engagement:
Comfortable presentations can lead to complacency and boredom. This can make audiences feel passive and easily loses focus.
When we challenge people’s beliefs or introduce them to new perspectives, we capture their attention and keep it throughout the presentation.
Making them uncomfortable sparks their curiosity. This can prompt them to participate in discussions, ask questions, and challenge their own assumptions.
By skillfully using discomfort, we trigger listener emotions. This makes our message more memorable and impactful.
When people are emotionally engaged, they’re more likely to retain information and act on it. This leads to greater impact when we speak
2. Encourage Self-Reflection And Personal Growth
Discomfort often serves as a catalyst for introspection. When we challenge our audience’s perspectives or present them with thought-provoking ideas, they are compelled to re-evaluate their beliefs and values. This can foster personal development and transformation.
As speakers, we have a unique opportunity to guide our audience through this discomfort and facilitate their growth. Create a safe and supportive environment and you empower them to confront their insecurities and embrace change. This can lead to positive shifts in their mindset and behavior.
3. Inspire Action And Drive Change
Comfortable presentations may leave the audience feeling content, but they don’t inspire them to take action. On the other hand, discomfort can motivate people to step out of their comfort zones and make meaningful changes. As speakers, our aim should be to not only entertain, but also empower our audience to make a difference.
By challenging conventional thinking or highlighting personal growth opportunities, we prompt our listeners to consider their roles in creating positive change.
The discomfort we create can serve as a powerful call to action, inspiring individuals and communities to take steps towards improvement and contributing to a better world.
Leave ’em feeling uncomfortable, leave a lasting impact
It’s counterintuitive, but if you want to leave a lasting impression and long-term impact, you must be willing to make your audiences uncomfortable. This can yield tremendous benefits.
By captivating attention and fostering engagement, encouraging personal growth, and inspiring action and change, we can create a transformative experience for each audience.
Discomfort enables us to challenge the status quo, broaden minds, and leave a lasting impact on the lives of those we have the privilege to speak to. Want to be a memorable speaker who impacts others?
Make ’em feel uncomfortable.
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