Rory Vaden座談會紀實/Reflection on Rory Vaden's workshop
This year, at the 2008 District 67 Spring Convention, the highlight was undoubtedly the three workshops presented by our keynote speaker, Mr. Rory Vaden, MBA, WCPSF (World Champion of Public Speaking Finalist), NORC (No One Really Cares)! He not only charmed us with his handsome looks, his logical and scientific approach to speech delivery techniques was unique and convincing. He was only 23 when he won the 2nd place in the World Champion of Public Speaking Speech Contest. That is an amazing achievement, the result of diligent work and analysis of other speakers, on top of many hours of speech training.
First day, Saturday morning, he brought the audience awake by his “Brining Your Presentation A.L.I.V.E”. One of the ways was the interactive exercise, Rory Says, a variation of the Simon Says game. It’s not easy keeping an audience entertained, but there are specific areas to keep listeners ALIVE: attentive, laughing, interested, vulnerable, and engage. A good strategy to keep audience members attentive is to vary the speaking volume and rate. Different combinations would convey different messages and effects on the listeners. Rory spent a whole year trying to discover what makes audiences laugh and the answer is: a change in expectations. Knowing when to stop talking is just as important as keeping audiences interested. Remembering people’s names is another great way to make the presentation meaningful for individuals. Finally, sharing personal stories will always keep audience members engaged. The most important lesson is that communication is transference of emotions and adding sporadic spikes on the attention/time graph is the only way to make sure that listeners don’t fall asleep during your presentations.
“Take the Stairs: Success means doing things that others don’t want to do”. If you didn’t hear this workshop, just reading this title is enough to inspire all of us. Success is never achieved without hard work and many of us are always looking for short cuts and instant solutions. The most important message is that discipline and doing things that we don’t want to do will help us form the habits that will help us achieve our goals. He even described in detail the components of his message. Habits such as sacrifice, persistence, and action are crucial for success. The critical question is that if we are not willing to do it today, what about us, our situation, or our circumstance is going to change that would make us willing to do it tomorrow?
Finally, he charmed us with his unbelievable “Charisma”. He shared very practical suggestions for speech writing and delivery. To start off, he demonstrated seven speech openings. For a speaker, there are other areas that will lead to success, including dressing appropriately, keeping our composure, remembering to pause, and insist on taking control, be very concise, make deliberate eye contact, and add appropriate humor. These are all common techniques that we learn about in Toastmasters, however, we need to be constantly reminded and inspired so we remember to incorporate them into our daily live and into our presentations. Little by little, all of us strive to be better from the previous performance and Rory shared valuable lessons from his experience to help us become the person that we all hope to be.
There are no secrets to being a successful speaker or achieving our goals in life, the key is determination and persistence. Let’s start to form the habits and change our daily routines to make sure we are getting closer to our goals. Are you still determined and persistent in saying No to things that you don’t like to do, such as taking the trash out? It’s time to make a difference!