A guy a voice and a video
“Like fine wine trickling out of a decanter.”
That was my initial description of Randy Cantrell’s voice.
As soon as I heard it, I knew that I had to share it with you, so I contacted Randy.
I contacted him one Friday night and received his video early on Saturday morning – now that is service with a smile.
With a voice like that, I assumed that Randy would be some big shot with an American TV network or maybe a voice over artist for MGM or at least the guy who announces…
“This is Jack Killian, “The Nighthawk” on KJCM, 98.3 and Good night America… wherever you are.”
But no, Randy tells me he’s no big shot in the US, just a guy who enjoys producing videos.
So ladies and gentlemen, my original intention was to treat you to the mellifluous tones of Randy’s voice, but his video is far more than the celebration of a glorious voice.
An online video speech
With that voice Randy could read the telephone book and sound interesting, but thankfully he didn’t. He put together a talk that is a real and polished speech.
It has an introduction, a development and a conclusion with a real call to action.
It’s sprinkled with humour, it contains gestures, he varies his voice, he talks to the audience and most importantly… his talk has a purpose.
Watch Randy’s short video (3min 55secs) and then we’ll take a look at the speech elements in more detail – enjoy.
What makes Randy’s presentation a real speech?
If you’ve recovered from listening to that voice, let’s take a look at the points that make Randy’s presentation a real speech.
- An introduction that grabs your attention – “… they all stem from a single question, two words… why not?” notice the pause after “two words” – makes you really wonder what those words are.
- Concrete examples to prove the point – Benjamin Franklin and his inventions relating to the question “why not”.
- Rhetorical questions to involve the audience – “You know those library stools…”
- Repetition to drive home the point and make it memorable – “why not…. why not… well why not.”
- Answers the question “what’s in it for me” by moving from the general to the personal – “A valid question to ask when it comes to our own personal desires and dreams and aspirations, why not?”
- Addresses your fears and reluctance – “We have such self limiting beliefs and notions, we cross bridges that we’ll never get to.”
- Humour to put your fears into perspective – “Oh and heaven forbid if it should fail, if it should not work…”
- Conversational language to put you at ease – “Maybe old Ben was the one sitting around…. kinda teeter.”
- Gestures to add to and reinforce the words – “We can rock back and forth…”
- A definite and well signalled ending – “My question to you, that I’m going to leave you with is… why not you?”
There you have it folks, ten points that turn a casual chat into a polished and professional speech and all presented in a 3 min 55 sec video.
Time to have your say
Does Randy have the coolest voice on the internet or do you know an even smoother one?
How many speech techniques did you spot in Randy’s video?
Have you ever thought of videoing your own speeches or have you done it already?
Let me have your thoughts on anything and everything in the comments below.
My name is Keith Davis… see ya.
My thanks and gratitude to:
Randy Cantrell for sharing his voice, for sending me a video in double quick time and for waiting patiently for me to publish it.
Randy’s main site is http://bulanetwork.com/
Hope you’ll pay him a visit.