Speakers, step into the Speaking Red Zone!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10:32PM
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You can be an ordinary speaker, or you can stand out.

Making a lasting audience connection doesn't mean you stood on a stage, they listened, then clapped for you when you finished.

I know because I've been immersed and submerged into producing, shooting, editing, directing talent and speakers for over 30 years. I know what connects them to their audience - and I help them do it when asked.

You can't just stand on that stage and expect them to listen. It doesn't work that way.

One of the ways to connect in a BIG way, is to step into the Speaking Red Zone. It's where you can score! It's that area between the stage and the back reaches of an audience, a place where for some reason, most speakers are afraid to go.

It's like they're afriad there's a trap door out there somewhere - one step,  and they think they'll be gone forever. Well, I know the real reason they don't do it. It's that they've been taught not to.

A speaker that wants to connect puts the focus on THEM (the audience) and not themselves. A speaker that wants to connect should be DIVING into that Red Zone. It's closeness, it's power and it's 2-way love.

There is no line, no wall that separates a speaker from the audience. Get into that Zone - and when you do, commit to pulling in every single person in that audience.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and understands about commiting - about getting and staying in that Red Zone with his audience. Here's a clip from his YouTube channel - a clip I shot of him here in the Dallas area that should prove to you that what you've been taught is wrong. It's OK to walk past them if you're continuing to engage with them - as long as you're in their ZONE.

Do this as well - I want you to pay attention to the little things in this clip that help solidify the connections he's making. Look for the physical connection Rob makes. The handshake. There's humor. The language he uses - words like "passion" - emotional evocative language, words that mean something personally, like "dad" and "children", "love", "kids" and more. Listen to the visualization techniques. Also, the short and strong sentence construction is important because it makes for an easy and fast focus for the audience.

He does all of that, in the Speaking Red Zone, in a very short amount of time. It's a wonderful confluence of connecting techniques.

Here's the clip.

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