In Persuasion, Public Speaking, Quotes

The passionate are the only advocates who always persuade. The simplest man with passion will be more more persuasive than the most eloquent without.

– Rene Descartes

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  • Terry

    Leave it to Descartes to get it dead on!

    How does one become passionate?

    One way is to change your paradigm about the sensation you are labeling as fear or anxiety. Instead of labeling it as “fear,” think of it as energy. Channel that energy.

    Don’t hesitate to say what you think. There is a common phrase at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center: “Point of view is worth 80 IQ points.”

    Scale up the energy level! You will command more attention and project more confidence and charisma. I cannot stress this strongly enough. 80 – 90% of the presenters that I observe do not expend enough energy. Hence, they come across as uninvolved, uninteresting, and unenthusiastic.

    Lastly, don’t give up. As American writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson observed, “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”

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