The Super Glue that never fails to stick!
Mystery is the Super Glue that never fails to stick your audience’s attention ON you and your speech.
Imagine that you are in a mall. You are waiting for your friend to arrive, so that you can have dinner together.
Your friend had just called to inform that he is going to be 20 minutes late.
You want to kill time. You walk into a bookstore.
Now, you are inside the bookstore.
You are not looking for any book in particular. You just want to kill some time.
You take a random book. You flip over the pages. You put it back.
Then you take another book. You look at the back cover. You open it. You smell it. You put it back.
Now, you start to think of all the books in your home library that you haven’t finished reading and probably will never finish reading.
You keep on flipping through books. This process continues. Soon, you get bored and think of going into the sports store instead. You turn around to leave the store.
Just then you see a book entitled “3 books you have to read before you die!”
What will you do?
Think about it for 10 seconds. What will you do?
You look at the book again. On the top of the book is written:
New York Times Bestseller, a must read!
Think about it, what will you do?
Any normal person like you and me, will be tempted to find out what those 3 books are.
Now, imagine you picked up the book. You flipped the cover and you notice that this book has only one page!
On this page, you see the following words written….
3 books you have to read before you die!
Yes, the name of the 3 books are hidden. Over the name of each book a red ribbon is pasted.
Let us replay this.
You had just walked into a bookstore without any real intention. You just wanted to kill time.
Now you have a new task at hand! A dire urge to find out what are the 3 books you have to read before you die!
What just happened?
What you are witnessing is the magnetic draw of mystery.
When you include elements of mystery in your speech, your audience gets hooked.
For example, if you started your speech by saying
“The 3 books you should read before you die are A, B and C.”
There is no mystery, there is no magic, there is nothing special that hooks your audience to listen to you.
Here are the 4 elements of mystery:
- Misdirection through narrative
- Escalation of Conflict
- Inclusion of Suspense
- Listing of Pointers
Mystery is the Super Glue that sticks your audience’s attention ON you and your speech.
– Manoj Vasudevan
Now, there is no book entitled “3 books you have to read before you die!”. I made up that title.
However, I do personally think there are 3 books you have to read before it is too late!
These 3 books will
- Help you immensely to build solid long lasting relationships
- Help you with a blueprint, techniques and action plan to achieve your goals
- Help you to identify your personal destiny and find its power and purpose
How do I know? They have worked for me! I love those books and I recommend them to everyone I coach!
Do you want to know what those three books are? I can tell you.
Post your comments below on what you think the 3 books could be and I will mail you the names of the 3 books. (Hint: These books are NOT religious books)
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