Speech Tip: Be a Stud. Your life is exciting. Pulitzer Prize winner Studs Terkel was/is an indirect mentor (we only met once). His interviews and related books showed me the immense array of stories we all have. No matter how mundane a life might seem, it is replete with color and excitement. It just needs to be discovered (right in front of us) and told well. A Chicago cabbie. A rural mailman. A suburban third grade teacher. Are their stories worth telling? You betcha!
Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck did this well in fiction. Hemingway took what might’ve been a lifeless tale of a man fishing and made it required reading. Likewise, Steinbeck took a boring trip across the USA and made it intense. From them we have “The Old Man and the Sea” and “The Grapes of Wrath.”
As you explore your speeches, sprinkle in your life. I guarantee there’s something fascinating, relatable and teachable in there. Go get ‘em, Stud.