How to Give a Rousing Speech Like Oprah at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Powerful public speakers walk among us like gods, getting people to follow them with their ability to move a crowd. Oprah did just that at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards. Here is what you can learn from her skill to enhance your public speaking.

Give Away Cars

Just as she did on her TV show, Oprah gave away cars to the Golden Globes audience. Years ago, she awarded each audience member a mew Pontiac G6. This time, she gifted each audience member a Lamborghini Veneno, a car worth $4.5 million dollars. A few well-heeled Hollywood types realized they already had this car and selflessly donated their Oprah gift to lucky fans waiting outside the hall.

Use Emotion

In her speech, Oprah said over and over, “Fresh, warm doughnuts are everything right in the world!” She repeats emotional truths to drive her point home. Obviously, this pulls on our heart strings because there isn’t a person alive that doesn’t like fresh, warm doughnuts. Use this technique liberally in your speeches.

Rousing Finish

Good speakers understand speech dynamics — the art of varying the pace and pitch of speech to sustain interest. Oprah slowly increased her cadence over the entire speech, ending in a rounding crescendo of inspiration, motivation and dehydration. The audience leapt to their feet, raised Oprah above their heads and carried her triumphantly down the street to the Beverly Hills Lamborghini dealership where she handed out free oil change coupons.

Folks, Oprah is a one-of-a-kind personality, the kind of talent we only see once in a generation. You may not be Oprah, but you can borrow her public speaking techniques to help accelerate your goals and accomplishments.

5 TED Talks That Show TED Has Jumped The Shark

TED Talks are more popular then ever. Maybe too popular. Here are 5 recent talks that show TED has jumped the shark.

Inspirational Huge Lawn Christmas Decorations – Hightop Ellison shares the secrets of creating the largest, most gawdy Christmas decoration on your lawn every year. He connects Christmas lights to the Illuminati, Duke Elligton, and discount coupons on baked beans.

Don’t Muffle My Harley – As a former Hells Angel, Skip “Little Rascal” Byfort uses motorcycles as a metaphor for growth hacking in the world of tech.

Parking In San Francisco Without Getting Tickets – Captain Billy “Ticket King” Wasabi tells audience members how to avoid high-priced parking tickets in San Francisco. That’s it. Many audience members have been getting upset with Mr. Wasabi’s talk, expecting more. “I thought it was going to be about existentialism and not parking your soul,” said one participant. “It was just about avoiding parking tickets. Thumbs down!”

Phablet Fabulous – Dottie “Tech Diva” Dotterson tells how the new phablets, large phones that are a hybrid of smartphones and tablets allowed her to run her escort service on the go.

Geek Food King – Chef Ted “Rep Tie” Ryers shares his latest recipes targeting geeks and nerds. His latest cookbook, “Food for Programmers,” shows how to serve fast food, junk food and potato chips to programmers on a 72 hour coding binge. “When you have to ship, use these recipes to stay way less than fit,” he said.

There’s a point at which every cool thing become overblown, overcooked and overdone. It’s not a mark of shame. It’s just natural. People want more cool stuff until their desire kills it. These talks show TED is awful close.

Public Speaking Quote: Positive and Negative Forces

In public speech, as in electricity, there is a positive and negative force. Either you or your audience are going to possess the positive factor. If you assume it you can almost invariably make it yours. If you assume the negative you're sure to be negative. Assuming a virtue or a vice vitalizes it. Summon all your power of self direction, and remember that though your audience is infinitely more important than you, the truth is more important than both of you, because it is eternal. If your mind falters in his leadership the sword will drop from your hands. Your assumption of being able to instruct or lead or inspire a multitude or even a small of people may apall you as being colossal impudence – as indeed it may be; but having once essayed to speak, be courageous. BE courageous – it lies with in you to be what you will. MAKE yourself be calm and confident.

– Dale Carnegie
The Art of Public Speaking