Matt was WONDERFUL!!! He has a kind of “nerdy” low key demeanor – it works. The underplaying, and droll wit evaporates any “threat”. I love and adore the other speakers – but Matt completely took me by surprise. I got more “into” his speech that his speech progressed.
So did the organizers. BELIEVE me, Matt, my dear.
Mr. Parrott seemed uninspired and, quite frankly, bored.
Thank you both for the feedback.
It was a pleasure, as always, to see you again, Denise!
I can certainly confirm that I wasn’t “bored”. Hopefully the volume and quality of my commitment confirms that I’m not bored. I will attempt to work on my delivery in future speeches, though I suffer from a rather dry and geeky disposition which I fear is a congenital defect.
August – you had to be there. Matt spoke in mid-afternoon. There had been a WRETCHED thunderstorm, when our esteemed and beloved Paul Fromm spoke. For awhile it seemed as though the roof was going to be ripped off. The storm had been building….people were anxiously looking outside. Matt’s low key style may not communicate on video very well – but when he was talking, people began to “gather round (vs. looking outside to see if their cars would be swept away). He really got noticed. One of the other speakers could not appear, and Matt stepped in like a true pro. Bless you, Matt!
Matt Parrott says:
‘I can certainly confirm that I wasn’t “bored”. Hopefully the volume and quality of my commitment confirms that I’m not bored.’
I did not get the impression that you were bored. The content of your speech was quite good.
Matt Parrott says: ‘I will attempt to work on my delivery in future speeches, though I suffer from a rather dry and geeky disposition which I fear is a congenital defect.’
When I was younger I had friends who belonged to an organization called “Toastmasters” which helped groom people for public speaking.
Some of their tips were to eliminate excessive body movements and gesticulations that tend to distract the audience from the message. Use hand gestures sparingly and only to add emphasis to strong points. If appropriate for the situation raise intensity as the speech progresses. Save the fireworks (if needed) for the climax.