One Thing a Speaker Should Always Do Is…

In Dublin, Ireland after creating an experience with my audience

Below there are two videos. In the first video, Taharka tells you that the police arrested him when he was a teenager. Take a look for yourself.

Now take a look at the 2nd video in which Taharka makes a key revision.

What’s the main difference between the first video and this second video?

In the second video, instead of telling you that the police arrested him, Taharka lets you hear the police arrest him. We heard them say, “You’re under arrest!”

The one thing a speaker should always do is put the most important lines in dialogue.

Taharka did a fantastic job of using dialogue to let us hear the police and later hear the judge. Taharka is not just telling a story, he’s creating an experience for his audience.

3 Benefits to Putting the Most Important Lines in Dialogue

  1. We not only hear WHAT was said but also HOW it was said
  2. It feels like much more of an experience for the audience because we can hear what the police said the same way Taharka heard what the police said
  3. We can see Taharka’s reaction to what was said

Reactions help tell the story. The problem is that you can’t react to narration. However, you can react to dialogue.

Your Turn

What’s something that someone said to you that sparked a change in your life? When you share that story, make sure you put that important line in dialogue.


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