Reagan Pugh is a young speaker who works as Raconteur for Kalypso, an innovation consulting firm. Reagan speaks regularly to student groups about leadership, branding and individual ownership. He has also been involved in film making, video production and theater.
What speakers can learn from movies and movie makers
It’s the opportunity to create a memorable moment, as happens many times during a movie. Speakers would rather start with stories and pull the curtain back to bring the magic. The best speeches pull greatness out of people.
Examples of the Power of Storytelling from Movies
- “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams. A speech about seizing the day.
- “Any Given Sunday” with Al Pacino. The speech “Inch by inch” is about having the power to do difficult things.
- “Wide Awake” with Rosie O’Donnell. A boy in an existential crisis, closes the story giving a powerful speech.
There is no good movie without a compelling story. Donald Miller said “a good story is about a character who wants something and is willing to overcome conflict to get it.”
Also, there are thematic movies about public speaking like “The King’s Speech.” This film is powerful because it drives home the point that King George’s impediment to speak is much deeper than the fear of speaking. The lesson is that you have to work hard in yourself.
Related: Start with a Story!
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
Routine to Shine
Write at least 750 words per day. There is a website that can help you: 750word.com
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