#73 Find Your Purpose. Find Your Voice.
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The need for purpose is one of the defining characteristics of a human being. We crave purpose, and suffer serious psychological difficulties when we don’t have it. Purpose is a fundamental component of a fulfilling life. Purpose enhances self-esteem. Purpose instills confidence. Purpose give legs to action.
Clarity of purpose leads to ability to focus and its focus that inspires passion… the flame we talked about in the last episode. It’s passion that puts the ‘act’ in action. Purpose is the fiber of commitment and commitment is what it takes to execute with excellence.
So, you see… purpose is the starting point of excellent execution. Purpose helps a speaker connect and communicate with authority.
Today we talk about purpose and how it can help you find your voice of authority as you continue your journey to platform mastery.
In September of 2013 we lost a very insightful, talented and wise man by the name of Wayne Dyer. I never had the chance to meet him and I never truly appreciated or fully understood the simplicity of depth in the principles he taught.
I want to share a little of what I have discovered about him and how it’s connected to our topic today… Find Your Purpose. Find Your Voice.
15 of the most powerful words I know came from Wayne Dyer. Here they are, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
I’ve come to apply those words in helping people become platform masters and here’s how it works, “When you change the way you look at yourself as a speaker, the speaker your audience sees will change.”
Here’s a question to engage your thought for a moment or two. ‘Why do you want to be a public speaker, or a business presenter, or communicator?’
The right answer will be your purpose.
I was once asked the question, “When do you feel closest to God?” I’m pretty sure the person asking that questions was expecting some deeply profound religious moment. But my answer was, “When I’m standing in front of an audience, engaging them as a speaker. I feel I am in my calling. My purpose feels fulfilled.”
Wayne Dyer had this same approach… here, let me tell you a quick story to illustrate what I mean.
In 1976 Dyer was a lecturer at St. John’s University. He enjoyed teaching, but he wanted to reach more people with simple, direct advice. So, as the story goes, while writing his first book, ‘Your Erroneous Zones’, he resisted efforts by his publisher and college administrators to write in the more formal, academic style associated with graduate level research papers. When the book was finally published, excerpts appeared in The National Enquirer, far from a scholarly publication.
One day he got a call from a university administrator admonishing him for sullying the reputation of the university by appearing in such a disreputable publication! The administrator warned him that he was jeopardizing his career by writing for the masses.
What this administrator didn’t know was that Dyer was following a purpose, a reason for… a ‘WHY’. Wayne Dyer had made a commitment, based on his passion to engage the world, and bring about real, meaningful change in people lives.
Wayne Dyer has set a purpose in his heart years earlier as a college student… a bored, flabbergasted college student who looked around him and saw apathy… everywhere… students, teachers. “The teachers aren’t teaching,” Dyer thought. He realised that the speaker was just presenting material and simply going through the motions… seemingly oblivious to the listlessness and dissatisfaction that was permeating the entire room.
By his own admission, Dyer felt a calling to become a great orator. He saw himself as a speaker who would make the room come alive, motivated by an intense desire to bring excitement, fun, and humour to the experience of learning.
Above all, Dyer wanted to speak a passionate, simple, direct, and compelling style. He refused to be dry, unreadable, and uninteresting. And he wanted to give people simple advice to help them overcome the emotional red tape that held them back from being their best.
According to Dyer, “This inner calling to resist the efforts of others to dictate how I should be as a person and as a writer has played a big part in my development as a speaker and author…I heard a voice inside of me saying, Stay the course—keep it simple, talk straight..”
Boom!!! There it is. Crystal clear. No room to misunderstand or misinterpret. He heard a voice inside him saying… stay the course… keep it simple… talk straight. Dyer experienced clarity.
Clarity is what unlocks your purpose. People with no clarity of their own will borrow other’s purpose and try to pass it off as their own.
Its purpose that enables a person to stand and connect with an audience and have relevance and meaning. Purpose will give you incredible strength to significantly impress and impact audiences every time you have the opportunity to engage them in a platform conversation.
I read another story of when Dyer went to the UK to speak at a conference. Because he knew his ‘why’ – his purpose, he was able to stand and speak, to engage, to transfer wisdom and impart meaningful, life changing ideas… for several hours without notes, slides, props or any form of script whatsoever.
It was just him standing in front of an audience of hundreds of people from a different country and culture speaking with such flow and eloquence. There was a word used by one of the conference attendees that best described it… ‘captivating.’
Another attendee said, “The silence in that auditorium during that entire day was like nothing I have experienced either before or since. It was so delightfully profound that I would even go as far as to call it divine; not one solitary soul in the room that day wanted to miss a single word of Dr. Dyers wisdom.”
When you find your purpose, you find your voice. Your voice of authority. Your voice of compassion. Your voice of clarity and focus. Your voice of relevance. It all comes from you… finding your purpose.
So, how do you find your purpose as a public speaker?
I’m not talking about the purpose of your speaking occasion, I’ve already talked about this in previous episodes of this podcast. What I’m talking about something more foundational to your identity as a speaker… your driving force, so to speak.
You cannot have a voice of intention if you do not have clarity of purpose. This is why I say, find your purpose and you find your voice… or your identity. You will then stand and be authentic, real, and powerful.
In his book titled ‘The Power of Intention’ Wayne Dyer gives us a very powerful nugget of wisdom that helps us with this word ‘intention’. He wrote, ‘My research reveals a fairly common definition of intention as a strong purpose or aim accompanied by a determination to produce a desired result’.
There are four key words we need to lift out of that statement.
As a platform master, you embrace these words. They are like DNA to you. You cannot be a platform master without these words actively alive inside you.
You have to come from a position of strong purpose.
You have to be determined to engage, enable, empower your audience, not just entertain or inform. You have to focus on a result… a ‘so what?’
So now, the question remains…
‘How can I help you either find or confirm your purpose as a platform speaker?’
Let’s start with this… it’s not about your head, it’s about your heart.
When I replied to that question, “When do I feel closest to God?” I was not being flippant or arrogant. I knew at an early age… something connected within me… when I was standing in front of an audience… my heart was for unlocking fresh ideas in people… inspiring them to want more, go for more, believe for more.
I found my purpose, which gave substance to my voice at an early age, but I didn’t know it at the time. It wasn’t until many years later that I recognised it for what it was… my why… the reason you are hearing me today is because I serve the purpose of unlocking vision, inspiring passion and enabling growth in everyone I get the chance to connect with, on any platform… and on every occasion.
I am passionate about this. I will do this … unlock, inspire and enable… without getting gpaid if I have to. I will spend hours researching, developing and shaping a message for the single purpose of speaking to one person, or a couple oar a group of high school students or young professionals just entering the world of business.
Finding your voice starts with finding your purpose… and finding your purpose begins with a passion.
So, here’s you action point of the day.
What are you passionate about? No, really, what is it that lights your fire?
What is it… that when you do it… you feel alive… relevant… connected to a higher source?
What are the three words that you can use to form your Purpose Statement?
Your voice… yes your voice… which the world needs to hear… will not be heard if you do not have ownership of your purpose.
If you would like to talk more about finding your purpose and finding your voice… email me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Next week we will explore passion and purpose a little more.
So… there is more to come.