“By Anett Grant, of FastCompany.com”
Good speakers are passionate—and it shows. Bad speakers are dull, plodding, humdrum. There’s no sense that they’re animated by their material. And it’s true—showing that you truly care about a subject can go a long way toward winning over your listeners.
But passion in speaking is like spice in cooking. If you’ve ever added cayenne pepper to a dish, you know you need to be careful to use just the right amount. Too much emotion in your speaking is like dumping in a whole tablespoon of hot pepper—it’ll be the only thing anyone will notice, and they won’t want to finish.
These are the five ingredients of effective, passionate communication that doesn’t wind up sounding overly emotional.