I know this video has spread like wildfire (over 1.1 million hits as of today), but it's too good not to post on my blog in the slim chance that some of my readers haven't seen it.
Feast your eyes on Phil Davison, GOP Candidate for Stark County Treasurer. This is one of the most incredible speeches you have ever seen. This video is a six minute commercial for presentation coaching. This is what happens when you don't have anyone to coach you - or even give one iota of honest feedback. Needless to say, Phil unfortunately did not win the nomination. More after the video:
However, I do want to mention a few things, so I'll just jot them down quickly:
- You know how important I believe passion is for a presentation. If you aren't passionate, how will your audience be passionate about your ideas? That said, he went overboard. Yes, there is a line you can cross when it comes to passion, and he took a huge step beyond that. In a later interview where he explains his passion, Davison claims it's simply him being real. While that may be true, that's no excuse. You have to realize that you're presenting to an audience, and the audience rarely wants to be spoken to in such a way.
- Regardless of content, tone, passion, etc - You never want to make listening to your presentation an awkward situation for your audience. I would have crawled out of my skin if I were listening to his presentation in real life. You can hear the nervous laughter. Yikes.
- If you need your notes to stay on track, don't leave them. If you want to walk away from the podium that's fine (presuming you don't need the mic), but you'll have to take your notes with you. If that's the case, put your notes on index cards.
- How the heck did this guy get a Masters Degree in Communication?
FInally, let me know in the comments what your favorite line is. There's a ton, but I nearly fell out of my seat when he belted out this beauty:
"Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors! Tell Randy Gonzalez!"
So what's your favorite line? What are your thoughts about this video?Tweet