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Roar: Ten Simple and Easy Methods on How to Be Successful in Public Speaking

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Roar: Ten Simple and Easy Methods on How to Be Successful in Public Speaking

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Oct 19, 2020


"Roar" is an energizing book about public speaking that is sure to improve your communication ability and attitude. Public speaking can be a scary, frightening experience for people from teenagers to professionals. This guide, written by expert communicator Mike Harris, will help you slay that dragon of fear and take to the stage, or the Powerpoint, with confidence.

Success in life depends on your ability to speak effectively to others. That can be scary at first, but there is a method to the madness. "Roar" will teach you to communicate with confidence in every situation.
Oct 19, 2020

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Roar - Mike Harris


Chapter 1: Attention Grabber

The beginning is the most important part of the work. —Plato

Shock Value

Digital world needs shock.

You live in a fast-paced, high-tech, and anxious world. You are on your smartphone looking for the next picture, face, or image of whatever may entertain or thrill you. When speaking in front of any audience, whether it’s a sales meeting at work, in front of classmates in school, at church, or any capacity, it is important that you immediately get the attention of those you are speaking to.The first sentence you say when you open your mouth in front of your audience will most likely determine whether you will succeed. If you crash and burn in the beginning, it is hard to recover and go on to be successful because it sets the tone of your talk and it is your audience’s first impression of you. You only have one chance to make a first impression. We have become accustomed to hearing boring and dull openings. You do not know what you do not know. In other words, most of us do not know the significance, historically, of an attention grabber at the beginning of a speech. If you do not have that knowledge, then a boring or dull opening seems normal to you. Regardless of whether you know it or not, people will immediately decide in those first few seconds if they are or are not interested in what you have to say.

May I ask you a question? Do you put any thought, creativity, or preparation into your opening statement? Most speakers do not invest time into the opening of their speech. You spend the majority of your time on the body of your speech, mainly, the points you want to communicate. This lack of knowledge can destroy the effectiveness of your talk. It is obvious by what most people say in their opening statements: My name is… Thank you for letting me speak...or telling a joke at the beginning of your talk is too mundane, dull, and boring. Unless you are Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, or Eddie Murphy, do not start your talk with a joke or humor. Few can succeed in a humorous opening. Those three can, because their reputation and career are connected to comedy and humor. In most occasions, the audience already knows your name. I have heard speakers start off their speech by introducing themselves while the person who introduced them to the audience beforehand already gave their name and reason for being there. This shows that we are ingrained to start our talks in a boring, traditional, and dull way. Starting off well in your talk is the most important part of your talk or speech

Advice from an Expert

Dr. Lynn Harold Hough, former President of Northwestern University in the United States, was once asked by public speaking author Dale Carnegie, what was the most important fact that his long experience as a speaker had taught him. After pondering for a minute, he replied, To get an arresting opening, something that will seize the attention immediately.

Does it make sense now, why the very first words out of our mouths better command the attention of those we are speaking to? I am shocked at the amount of talks, speeches, or sermons where they don’t start commanding attention. Sadly, this is how most of us begin our talks in any capacity. There are several ways to command attention from your audience. I learned how to evaluate speakers from attending and becoming a member of Toastmasters International. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to helping men and women become better communicators and leaders. After joining, I would evaluate whoever was speaking in my church to get extra practice in my speech evaluation. I was evaluating six to eight speeches a week at my church over a period of about a year. To my absolute astonishment, not one single speaker started their lesson, sermon, or talk of any sort with an immediate attention grabber. What conversations or talks do you remember for the rest of your life? Those that involve what I call shock value. These talks, conversations, or speeches stir your emotions. It could be the first time your love told you I love you. It may be the talk your sports coach had with you challenging you to work harder. I can go on and on with examples of shock-value moments in life. The point is, attention grabbers are intended to be a shock to the emotions. I have heard numerous speeches in Toastmasters International that involve shock value from the beginning of the speech. Surprisingly, in church, I have rarely heard a sermon or lesson begin with shock value. In my traditional church setting experience, it normally begins with the typical Good morning, church, How are you all doing this morning? My name is… or something to that effect. I haven’t ever heard a business meeting on any job I have worked where the manager began with shock value. We may think there is a time and a place for shock-value beginnings in our talk, yet maybe think it doesn’t fit just any opening statement in any speech, presentation, or meeting. The truth is, it fits all speech settings. Personally, I have used shock-value beginnings in sermons, Toastmasters speeches, sports talks to my youth teams, personal talks with friends, and even eulogies at funerals.


Shock-value beginnings to your speech guarantee that you will get the attention of your audience. We speak because we want to be heard. We want those we are speaking to listening to us. Have you ever looked out into your audience and seen people not paying attention? This discourages many speakers. In any audience, no matter how good the speaker is, there is always that one person drifting off, texting on their phone, whispering to a friend, or sleeping. In my opinion, one is better than all. In a small group of less than twenty people, you should be able to hold everyone’s attention through the duration of your speech. The larger the audience, the more possible drifters there will be in the audience. Shock value guarantees everyone’s attention at the beginning of your speech because of the uniqueness, truth-revealing nature, or weirdness of it. Shocking your audience will guarantee that you get their attention. You will be remembered by the immediate shock.

Emotions Shocked in Speech Opening

Once, at a Toastmasters meeting, the speaker began his speech without saying a word. He pulled out a piece of food. He was holding the food in his left hand. He slowly pulled out a lighter out of his blue sports jacket pocket with his right hand and lit the small piece of food on fire. The food had a small spark, then it began to be ablaze like a candle. Everyone in the room was captivated by this entire act of the speaker. The audience had a mixture of astonishment, confusion, excitement, and fear. If you are wondering what the point of the speaker lighting food on fire was, it was first and foremost to get the attention of the audience and then make the point that a certain ingredient in this particular food is used in kerosene. Therefore, the food will stay lit like a candle. By grabbing the audience’s attention immediately, the speaker was able to share this important health information with an audience who was more than willing to listen. Later on, the speaker was informed that fire sprinklers were in the room. Some of the Toastmasters members were worried about the smoke from the burning piece of food setting off the sprinklers. Everyone, including the speaker, had a good laugh. The speaker achieved his goal of getting the attention of his audience immediately in order to share important health information.

If you further break down this speech opening, you can see the reasons why the speaker grabbed the immediate attention of his audience in order to share his information. Remember, the purpose of using an attention grabber is to get the audience’s attention in order to share the information you want them to know.


Without the attention of your audience you cannot share your information.

Pulling out a piece of food

This opening was creative. The speaker pulling out a piece of food was attention-grabbing because it was something a lot of people ate. It was a unique action in speech-making. Most likely, no one in the audience had ever seen it before that speech.

Pulling out a lighter

A lighter can get the mind going fast. Is he going to start a fire? What is he going to burn? What is the lighter for?

Lighting the food

Finally, by lighting the food, the audience was made to feel interested, confused, and thrilled. Confusion at the end of a speech is bad, but confusion at the beginning of an attention grabber is good, because in order to be confused, something has to have your attention. Confusion in the audience means the goal of attention-grabbing is complete. The audience feeling thrilled or interested because of your attention grabber also means the goal of attention-grabbing is complete.

Do not waste your opening words; make them impactful. Great speakers throughout history such as Jesus, Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr, and others used attention grabbers. They are just a few who have understood the importance of opening their speeches with an attention grabber. Let’s examine some of the attention grabbers of some of the greatest public speakers and their speeches in history.

Famous Speeches


Consider your favorite speech. Consider famous speeches throughout history. Consider for a moment how they began. The beginnings of these famous and popular speeches from various people throughout history show a common denominator! You guessed right! Attention Grabber!

Blessed are the … —Jesus Christ (Sermon on the Mount)

Blessed? Who doesn’t want to know how to be blessed? My ears are wide open!

Consider Jesus’ attention grabber for the Sermon on the Mount: Blessed are… Blessed? My attention would be on Jesus quickly. If you read through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Jesus used attention grabbers consistently. Jesus being God in the flesh knew how to connect to the core of his listeners. Get them interested from the beginning. Humans are self-focused. Naturally, wanting to know how to improve their life will get their attention. This is the reason self-help books are popular because people are all about SELF!

I have come this evening to talk with you on one of the greatest issues of our time—that is the preservation of human freedom.—Eleanor Roosevelt (Struggle for Human Rights)

Greatest issues of our time? Preservation of human freedom?

This sounds serious. Regardless of race, we are all human. I want to hear what she has to say. This may be some of the thoughts going through the audience’s mind as you read the First Lady’s opening sentence in her

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