The World’s Greatest Speaker Conference was awesome! It was really hyped, very energetic. Brandon Burchard was the main speaker and he nailed it! He was a very energetic speaker. The thing I loved about him was how he was just himself out there. He is one of the best public speakers out there, and also an amazing person. His main message was compassion. He is a motivational speaker and although he was there to share public speaking skills he had a great message to share as well about living life purposefully and to the fullest. He shared that when a speaker cares more about the audience and sharing his message with them, he won’t be worried about how he is performing but will care more for the audience.
Brendon brought in a friend that really helped him in his career and that was Roger Love, world renowned voice coach. He’s worked with people like Reese Witherspoon, John Mayer, and other famous artists Although he works with a lot of singers, he also works with speakers. He shared that you sing like you talk. Most people speak only with one voice. They use either their head (high) voice or a chest (low) voice. There are actually 3 ranges: Low, middle, and high. He works with people to have a full range of voice. With a full range of voice you can express a range of emotions. He opened my mind to how the way you sound not only influences how you are perceived, but your ability to influence other people. He had us do many many voice exercises to help us access a full range of voice. Everything to breathing, singing, and yes- brining down your larynx. He shared that words don’t matter; it’s how you sound that matters. Does your voice match your message?
My personal favorite speaker was Bo Eason, another friend who helped Brandon immensely in his care. He helped him to better express himself and tell his story even better through body movement. He was a former NFL player and now a one of the best stage artists in the world. Bo had a great story to tell, and he told it so well! Everything he did in life he gave it his all. His goal as a kid was to be the best safety in football, and he achieved that. At first it didn’t seem like that was going to happen but he persevered and made it to the NFL.
After playing many years he faced a knee injury that ended his NFL career but he took up something else that he could direct his drive and energy into: stage acting. He had a dream to play in the NFL and 20 years later he made it. Then he had a 15 year dream to be the best stage actor in the world. He went to the best, Al Pacino. He was the best in the business, so he had to meet him and know what it would take. His goal was to be on the stage more than anyone else, and that’s what he did for the next 15 years. After 15 years he performed a one man show called the runt of the litter. A script that he wrote himself. The play is said to be, “One of the most powerful plays in the last decade” by The New York Times.
What Bo Eason taught was body movement. Moving like your true natural self, specifically like a predator. Don’t worry, he expounded that a predator is something that has been tabooed but in reality it is nobleness, power, felicity. It is being able to really express one’s true self and display a range of emotions. He truly believes that great power comes in having a great story and then being able to deliver that story. What I enjoyed the most from what Bo had to share was to give your all 100% of the time, he defined it as generosity.
Brandon shared a one major tip that also really stuck out to me: The bounce. When speaking, especially when nervous, there is a tendency to want to talk about oneself and it can be forgotten that their is a whole audience out there. The bounce is turning subtly to the audience at any point and instead of saying, this happened to me… or I felt distraught, or that awesome thing happened to me,he turns to the audience and says, how many have you have felt this way? Or who has experience this before? He did this many times during the conference and it was easily noticed after many times of this being done. When people from the audience were given a chance to speak, you could point this skill out during their performances.
One of the greatest parts of this conference was the different stories shared during the conference not only by the speakers but by the people attending. A main theme of the conference was sharing your story. “Submitting to the miles you have already run”, as put by Bo Eason. Everyone has a story to tell. I was able to share my story with others. Although I was one of the youngest participants there, I learned a lot about myself and was able to share what I have experienced with other people.
There was many tips and skills shared during the conference but it seemed that each speaker had a main lesson they all had to teach. They also brought other speakers to come in and share their expertise but they carried the bulk of the conference.
I am so glad I was able to take part in this conference. It was fun, had great content, and had life changing messages and tips. I would recommend this to anyone wishing to become a world class speaker and wants to be able to share their message with a lot of people.