Ever wonder why in trying to sound like an announcer on radio, you drawl the words but you end up being awkward and a pain to your listeners? Why you start being bombastic in front to copy the best orators in history yet your spectators start going to the restroom or talking to each other, waiting for the next speaker? It is all because YOU are not YOU on stage. In this book and its exercises, I want you to be you: to craft your own story and tell your message or opinion on issues that matter to you, and watch how you change another person’s life.
I have always believed that our perceptions and beliefs are influenced by our stories. Why we agree or disagree on abortion, on same-sex marriage, or on education even is a result of our stories or that of people close to us. Why we defend or abhor the bullies, why we love or hate dancing or why we appreciate or dislike sports is a by-product of our experiences. Give me a favor then, please. Tell those stories. Speech is always an identity marker. We don’t want speakers who speak in front with a STRONG yet impersonal message. We dislike orators who ENUNCIATE WELL but do not even understand why he is in front of an audience. We rather listen to orators who speak their mind, share their stories.
Again, remember this: your speech is your identity. It should tell your stories. This is the reason this book was written, to help people craft a speech that voices out their own message and shares their stories. Do not let those fascinating and life-changing stories go down the drain. Do it not only for yourself but for people you know. Be the VOICE of those people: your uncle who works on the fields, your old maid who have 10 children to feed, the jeepney driver you remember talking to after work or school, your passionate and dedicated MATH teacher, etc. Be your own voice and be their voice, and you will end up having a winning speech.