If you are a fan of Star Wars, you know Yoda is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe, first appearing in the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back. He is a small, green humanoid alien who is powerful with the Force and is a leading member of the Jedi Order until its near annihilation.
Yoda is an iconic figure in popular culture due to his distinct pattern of speech and role as a wise mentor.
After my presentation at a recent Game Changers speaking conference organized by Darren LaCroix, several attendees asked, “Patricia you are a well-known speech coach, do you think Yoda would make a great public speaker?” They were surprised when I gave a more thoughtful answer than they expected.
“Certainly, Yoda is known for his wise and insightful sayings, which often carry deep meaning and have been quoted countless times. His unique speaking style, which involves rearranging sentences and using unusual syntax, has also become a signature of his character.
While Yoda’s speaking style might be memorable, it could also be challenging for some audiences to understand, particularly if they are not familiar with his language patterns. Also, Yoda’s character is known for being reserved and contemplative. This may not translate well to a high-energy public speaking environment.
However, Yoda is an iconic character that many people admire and respect and frequently quote. If he were to deliver a speech on a topic that resonated with his audience, I believe he could captivate and inspire them with his wisdom and insights.”
Yoda would benefit from reading Deliver Unforgettable Presentations as it is a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills. By studying the techniques and strategies of successful speakers, Yoda like everyone else, can learn how to connect with their audiences and deliver unforgettable presentations that leave a lasting impact.
Would Yoda make a good public speaker? Yes. For the right audience, with some help could be a very compelling speaker. Everyone involved in that conversation walked over to the desk and bought the book.
My good friend and creator of Making Minutes, Tom Drews is reading Deliver Unforgettable Presentations with Yoda reading over his shoulder.
Tom is not alone. Many top speakers love the advice in the book
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