“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us.”
Why is it that when some characters like Jar Jar Binks speak, we get mildly irritated; but when characters like Yoda says something, everyone’s all ears?
Why is it that we feel more stirred by Supreme Leader Snoke speaking through his hologram than by General Hux addressing his First Order contingents?
It’s how the Force is used when they speak.
Good news, you can use this Force too!
Mind control, you cannot.
Telekinesis, it’s not possible to.
But to tap into the power of the Force when speaking, it’s definitely been done before!
1 – Your Force Within
“There is good in him. I’ve felt it.”
– Luke Skywalker
Think of the last time you saw and heard someone speak, and cringed.
Why did you?
Cringing is an empathetic reaction to social awkwardness.
In this case, as an astute member of the audience, you cringed because you felt a disconnect between the speaker, and how the message was delivered.
In other words, the speaker was trying to be someone else he/she’s not.
If you don’t feel for the words that you speak, there’s no way you’re going to convince your audience to.
If you’re veiling your words with an unconvincing accent, you’d only turn off your listeners.
If you feel awkward trying to mimic someone else, your audience will see right through your act.
The first step to using the force, is to be authentic.
“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the force.”
Using the Force requires you to connect with your inner self.
Your words have to be congruent with your beliefs.
You have to be comfortable with how you are going to deliver your presentation.
Your self-confidence is all you need to embrace.
Speak with an open heart, connect your feelings with your audience’s.
And trust the Force to bind them to you.
2 – Manifest through Stance
“Powerful, you have become.”
At the height of a Force Battle, both Jedis and Siths adopt a similar stance to control the Force – a stance that elevates their power.
While you may not want to adopt this exact stance when you speak, you can embrace its fundamental elements:
A firm footing to the ground, outstretched hands and a powerful open posture.
In fact, this stance is backed up by social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s research on Power Poses.
(Her research found that after a 2-minute power pose, your testosterone levels increases and your cortisol level decreases, resulting in greater feeling of dominance and lower stress.)
So, we may not have midi-chlorians to determine Force sensitivity, but we sure can control our testosterone and cortisol levels though the Jedi Stance or Power Poses.
The next time you speak, keep your elbows away from your chest, keep your palms open and feel the power of the Force running through you.
Adopt the Jedi Stance.
3 – Control the Energy
“The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.”
– Obi Wan Kenobi
Once you have identified the Force within you and internalised the stance, there’d be one final step.
That would be to magnify this energy you have, feel it connect with the rest of the audience, and control this energy.
You may not be able to lift an X-Wing out of the swamp, but you, being the person on stage, can wield great power too.
You, amongst other powers, are empowered to bring the audience through contrasting emotional shifts.
A powerful speech is one that’s not only able to to humour with laughter,
But at the next moment, incite rage to fuel anger,
Only to transition to an atmosphere of empathy to well up compassion.
A great speaker knows how to shape and control energy in the room as required.
A great speaker can stir feelings, rouse rapport and inspire action.
Powerful speakers, use the combination of impactful rhetorics, compelling stories and dynamic delivery styles to conjure the emotions within the audience.
So the next time you speak, whether to inspire, impress or pitch, use all these ingredients.
Together with a passion for your message and authenticity with self,
you can manifest a shared experience between yourself and your audience.
And that, is how you use the Force when you speak, and embrace the Jedi in you.
Happy Star Wars Day my friends.
May the Force Be With You!