Speaker’s Contrast Creates Excitement


Bill Gove used to tell me over and over: “Always remember, kid: contrast creates excitement.” I’ve never heard any other professional speaker say this. Details like this is what made Bill Gove the master of the keynote speech. Watch this short video and I’ll look forward to your comments. Steve Siebold (2:25 )

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  1. Bob Henry says:

    First of all, I think you are great and you are a Mentor of mine!!!!

    I’m sorry but in this case, you are just too subtle for me. I’m not seeing any great contrast on the energy levels between you and the interviewers. I can’t see how I could gage their energy level in any productive way from what you showed.

    For me, I would need you to try again.

    Best wishes.

  2. Thanks for the great tip. You have taught me so much!

  3. Jerry X Shea says:

    I can’t seem to find that Columbia, NC interview on Ch. 19. However, looking at the other interviews, I think that part of “Contrast Creates Excitement,” when it comes to TV, is to point out to everyone that you “gage their energy” when you “mirror” their body language. You do that very well on most of those interviews and visually it is very pleasing as you do not come across as being over powering. The Host crosses their legs, you cross yours. Host sits forward, you sit forward. Host faces you directly, you face them directly, etc.

  4. Jay Herring says:

    I remember that technique from the workshop as it applies to characters in a vignette, but I’d never considered doing that in an interview.

    Solid advice!

    Thank you once again!!

  5. steve says:

    Listen for the contrast in tone. It’s a pretty major difference in most of the interviews. The body language of the hosts is also far greater than mine. Watch again and see if you see and hear it.

  6. steve says:

    Thanks for your comment, Denise!

  7. steve says:

    Ahhh, you noticed that, huh?! Seriously, though, you’re right on, Jerry. The Columbia, SC interview should be on Steve on TV section of the blog. If you don’t see it, it may not have been uploaded yet. We’re doing so much TV we can’t keep up!

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