To connect powerfully with an audience, you must connect with their values and aspirations.

Before you can inspire an audience you have to let them inspire you. Put yourself in their shoes.

Where are they coming from? Where are they trying to go?

Care about them and what they care about and you’ll know what to say

Draft your speech aloud, and you’ll be ready to connect conversationally.

If you’re trying to perform and impress, you’ll feel anxious. If you’re willing to share your experience so others can find direction and motivation, you’ll feel generous, helpful and grounded. Your words are important, but more important is your willingness to empathize with the audience and speak intimately with them.