What is Passion?

I get a carpool to Bellevue every day from my buddy scott…scott is in mid to late 40s. When Scott drives me to work it reminds me of when my Dad would drop me off at school.

When Scott is driving me to work we have many passionate discussions on …women…politics…and Toastmasters speeches. Sometimes we’ll even scream in the car…and spit will hit the window.

I always ask Scott for feedback on my speeches…and he usually gives me generic responses like…it sounds good…or keep up the good work…but this last week it was different…

I had been working a speech for the past 3 months entitled…Deja Vu…I won’t get into the details of that speech just yet…but I had been rehearsing it for a awhile…and started rehearsing the speech in scott’s car…

“Have any of you ever had the feeling…like you’ve lived the same moment…multiple times…like when a friend tells you a story you’ve heard before…or you feel like you’ve walked down the same road…again and again…”

Then Scott says…”Michael Angelo…can I tell you something….”

I said…sure…waiting to hear some feedback on my incredible speech…

“Quit talking at me…I’ve seen your Toastmasters speeches…and they all sound rehearsed…they all sound monotone…just like this one…you need to have a conversation with me….you have to stop talking at me…”

I’ll be a honest…it was a bit rough to hear…but I wanted to hear more…because if I want to get better…I need to hear the honest feedback…

“It’s about how you say something Michael Angelo…it’s not what you say…but how you say it…”

If I say…”Hey..Michael Angelo…you’re a really great guy…. Vs. “Hey Michael Angelo….you’re a really great guy..they sound different they have a different meaning.”

You’ve got to put passion behind your words…it has to sounds less rehearsed…it has to sound more like you.

While hearing Scott tell me this…I started to actually get Deja Vu…and remembered all the things people had told me over the years…critical things…that were hard to hear..but that made me a better.

Like when my gym teacher encouraged me to…”stand up straight” when I slouched into class

So I told him….”No…No I am being myself…and I being genuine…I do have passion…really I do…It’s just hard for me to be myself in front of a lot of people…but I have been genuine and they don’t all sound rehearsed…I mean what about the all or nothing speech…out of the weeds.”

He gave me a look and said….”That….that right there…remember how you felt…when you were telling me that…and think about that when you give your next speech.”

Oh….I get it.

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