Pleasanton, CA, April 27, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Communication skills coach for world’s most admired brands, Carmine Gallo, wasn’t at all surprised that “America’s Pastor,” appeared as the first non-baseball event at the new Yankee Stadium on April 25, 2009. Joel Osteen is among more than twenty-five inspiring communicators featured in Gallo’s book, Fire Them Up!
(John Wiley & Sons, New York). Gallo discovered that all inspiring leaders in every industry share seven qualities or “simple secrets.” Osteen is no exception. Here are several speaking techniques that make Osteen a successful communicator.
Osteen speaks the language of hope. According to Osteen, "As parents, we can profoundly influence the direction of our children's lives by the words we say to them. I believe as husbands and wives we can set the direction for our entire family. As a business owner, you can help set the direction of your employees. With our words, we have the ability to help mold and shape the future of anyone over whom we have influence."
Today’s headlines of war, recession and plummeting home and stock values can demoralize even the most positive individuals. The key is not to dwell on the negative. Osteen doesn’t put his head in the sand—he acknowledges problems. But his message is dominated by positive, hopeful and optimistic rhetoric that leaves his audience energized and inspired.
Osteen opens every sermon with a story, either an anecdote that involves him or something that happened to somebody else. Storytelling is a powerful technique to engage your listeners, but very few business professionals are comfortable it. Osteen tells stories because they bring his message to life. Stories have the power to lift people up, give them hope, and encourage them to be their best selves.
Fill Emotional Tanks
Osteen realizes that listeners are hungry for words that reinforce a belief in a brighter future. According to Osteen, "everywhere we go we should be making deposits—whether at the grocery store, ballpark, school, or office. Develop a habit of sowing good things into people's lives. Make it your business to help somebody else feel better about himself or herself. Encourage him in some way; make him feel important; help him to know that somebody cares."
You may have a title that suggests "authority" over someone else—chief executive, manager, or teacher. But you will never be recognized as a true leader until you inspire people around you and make them feel confident about the future. Take a cue from “America’s Pastor” and fire up the people who are looking to you for guidance.