These words, from Tom Ziglar, will help you to discover what makes a great speaker great so that you, too, can become a great speaker.
What makes a great speaker great?
What made Zig Ziglar one of the greatest of the greats?
As a speaker, or as someone who would never wish having to speak in front of a group on your worst enemy, what can you learn from Zig Ziglar’s superpower?
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Hearing Dad speak all of my life I would wonder what he did that set him apart. What did he do differently that inspired people, got them to take action, and resulted in changed lives?
Dad’s true superpower wasn’t fully revealed until his technical skills began to fade with age and failing health.
Many said it was his voice that set him apart. Others said it was his incredible story-telling ability. Dad worked harder honing his craft than anybody I know. His transparency was visible at all times.
It seemed that every time Dad spoke people would hear a personal message meant only for them. It didn’t matter if they were in a room of 20 or 20,000.
It seemed that every time Dad spoke people would hear a personal message meant only for them.
In 2007, Dad suffered a fall down the stairs and a severe brain injury. He lost his short-term memory that day. The doctor told Dad he should consider giving up his speaking career. When the doctor left, Dad looked at my sister Julie and said, “Well, Little One, I still have something to say, so we need to figure out a new way for me to say it.”
Soon after that, Julie began traveling and speaking with Dad. Julie would interview Dad on stage. Dad knew the stories, he just couldn’t remember what he had just said. Julie kept him on track. It was a new way to get the message out and people’s lives were being impacted in a new way.
Still, as a family we worried about Dad’s legacy. Our number one goal was to honor Dad and to create the environment where God could use Dad as He pleased. This is what Dad had asked of us. He didn’t want to stay on the stage one second too long, and he didn’t care how God used him.
Julie and Dad were doing an event in Madison, Wisconsin, and Julie had a psychologist friend there. Julie asked her friend to watch the audience to make sure Dad was being received well in this new format with a not-so-perfect memory.
Over 12,000 people attended that day to hear nine of the most incredible speakers, leaders, and celebrities of our time. Rudy Giuliani, Colin Powell, Laura Bush, Brett Favre, just to name a few.
After the day was done, Julie’s friend came to her and said, “There were nine fantastic speakers here today, all at the top of their game with incredible messages to give. But there was only one speaker here today because he loved everyone in the room. When your Dad speaks, that is what people feel. You have nothing to worry about, Julie.”
But there was only one speaker here today because he loved everyone in the room. When your Dad speaks, that is what people feel.
Love was Dad’s superpower.
Love was the reason he honed his craft.