June: Jump-In Tips

Jump-in Speaking TipsAgain, I find myself watching America’s Got Talent for the judge’s observations on stage presentation, motivation and other creative tips. Plus, I’m a sucker for an emotional story for someone coming up from the streets.

This night, they focus on a Hip Hop Contortionist dancer, Alonzo “Turf” Jones. He’s from the streets of San Francisco. Homeless for 2 years, dancing for money. He said that when the choice came up, sleep or dance, he chose dance!!! Many times he would spend the whole night dancing. (Was he accumulating his 10,000 hours?)

He slowly walks out on stage, no one in the audience to cheer him on and support him – he came by himself. After a short interview by (the newly-nice) Howard Stern, Howard observes that he’s committed to his dancing.

He rocks the audience with some never-seen-before moves. The audience is in an uproar !!!

Howard Stern goes first: “You know what I love about you?  It’s something I haven’t seen yet: You took your time. Every move counted. You’re a true original.”

Sharon Osbourne: “All that dancing in the streets … you learned your craft. You learned how to control the people who watch you. You have paid your dues on the streets and now it’s time to take the stage.”

Howie Mandel: “You’ve gone (worked) harder and longer than most people. You’re going after what you want to do.”

 To watch it yourself, go to: Alonzo “Turf” Jones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eatk8J8PwW4

But be warned, there are some double jointed moves he does with his arms that will shock you.  Oh, and grab a box of tissue !!!

See if you can spot the 4 tips that important to every speaker:

  1. Accumulate your 10,000 hours (commit to your passion);
  2. Make every move count;
  3. Learn how to control the people that watch you;
  4. Go after what you want to do.


Looking forward to seeing you this Wednesday the 13th, for the best 3 hours you’ll spend this week!

To your Speaking Success!



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