“In a woman, this thing… is associated with a seven-fold increase in unplanned pregnancies, and a doubling in the likelihood that she will take her own life.”
Alan was one of the two winners of our local speaker talent search, and his talk about undiagnosed ADHD is an example of the power of three minutes.
The local speaker talent search finalists were asked to come and audition with their completed three-minute talks, so my coaching process with Alan was a bit different. Once Alan was assigned to me, I knew what we needed to do to hone his talk.
In his audition, Alan went well over time, spoke incredibly fast, and had packed his talk full of statistics. My process with him focused on:
- editing his content down to its key points
- making it personal
- getting all the references for his statistics (fact checking)
- coaching him on performance
He was so steeped in his content he never once told the audience what ADHD stood for; I encouraged him to pause and define it up front (and not assume people knew or remembered what it stood for). I also thought it was important for him to add the slide of the hyperactive boy, to acknowledge the common mental image of ADHD and as contrast to his story line about adults.
Alan’s life now is very different from the life he once experienced when his ADHD was undiagnosed, and he had gotten rid of many photos of himself during that time period. But I knew it was critical for the impact of his talk to share one photo of him “before,” so I pushed him to include one. I believe that photo is the key to grounding this talk and helps the audience connect with him in a way they might not otherwise.
For more on Alan’s work, check out ADDCrusher.
If you have a speaking engagement coming up, let me know if I can help you craft your memorable story.