1. Speak with Passion & Confidence
Speak loudly and not too fast. It makes you sound more confident and passionate. Feel the words you're saying in your heart. The passion will come through.
2. Know your material & memorize your outline
MLK was great keeping his eyes on the crowd when he was speaking. It helps you connect with the crowd.
3. Practice, practice, practice.
MLK was not born a great speaker. he got to practice a lot before delivering his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. You need to work at it to get great!
4. Paint a picture or a vision
The words "I have a dream" paint a clear picture of the future. Stories and vision are always really interesting to listen to and are great ways to prove a point & keep an audience captivated.
5. Master the Pause
Pausing at the right moments make people lean in and listen closer. MLK was great at pausing in key moments or before big points.
6. The way you say the words matter
MLK had a certain cadence to the way he spoke. He spoke with great intonation and rhythm.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!