Turbocharging your opinions

 

 

Have you ever been playing Uno and your opponent, with one card in their hand, sits smugly

looking at your handful of cards thinking they’re going to win. But little do they know you’re

armed with a Draw 4 card that’s going to bring them crashing down to earth? That’s the way

I would describe data-based opinions.

 

I’ve been to many presentations where the speaker is both engaging and interesting, but their

presentations are based purely on opinion. While there is nothing wrong with opinions per say, they leave

the speaker in a vulnerable position because opinions can be so easily picked apart.

After receiving a lot of enquiries lately, I’ve begun a mini Public Speaking blog series. If you haven’t

already, check out some of my previous blog topics below:

 

• So, you want to be a Professional Speaker? So you want to be a Professional Speaker? - 30 Foot Drop

 

• Self Reflection before Projection Know your worth - 30 Foot Drop

 

• Know your worth Know your worth - 30 Foot Drop

 

• Building your product 

 

People are entitled to opinions –I mean, it’s only natural. We all have them, even me! But it can be

problematic when you’re presenting your opinions as fact.

 

Opinion-based arguments aren’t the same as cold, hard facts, and that’s why I highly recommend

speakers research data that can help support their arguments. You really can’t ignore data.

It’s also safe to assume that if you have an opinion on something, you’re passionate about the subject.

Therefore I would recommend if you’re passionate about something, then do your research. Dig around

and find out a little more. You’ll be surprised at how much further reading, supporting evidence and

hidden gems who can find that can help back you up.

 

The same can be said for lived experience. While your lived experience is your truth, it doesn’t mean it is

the same for everyone.

For example, I recently spoke with someone who was very negative about Disabled Parking and the

ACROD system (https://acrod.org.au/). They had real difficulties navigating the system, whereas I have

always found it very helpful. But I didn’t make the assumption that my truth spoke for everyone –so I did

the research.

There are a few exceptions to the rule, which is where Authority Voices come into play. An Authority Voice is essentially an individual or company who has universal respect for being or having expert knowledge on a subject.

 

An example of this is my buddy, Dylan Alcott.

As a prominent media personality and advocate, Dylan has built a reputation as someone who does the

research, engages with a variety of organisations, advocacy groups and individuals, and has built a vast

knowledge-base to speak on lots of different topics. As a result, people look to him as an authority figure,

therefore he has a little more leeway on opinion-based arguments.

 

The same cannot be said for everyone. For me, I ensure I back up all my statements with readily-available

resources as evidence of my research. In fact, I keep everything I’ve ever referred to in a presentation or

workshop on the Resources (https://www.30footdrop.com.au/resources/) page of my website – check it

out, there’s some great stuff in there, even if you’re looking for further reading. And I welcome anyone to

refer to anything on this page should they so desire.

 

I’ll be dropping a few more blogs covering public speaking over the next while, so if you’re interested in

understanding more make sure you stay tuned! If you had any specific questions or wanted to suggest a

blog topic, feel free to drop me a line at enquiries@30footdrop.com.au.

 

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