Umm. Over 20 times. Umm. The first (non) word of every answer. Umm.
One of the most visible personalities on the planet. Millions watching you decide where to play, live. Only 25 years old. The hero of who knows how many young men and women. A celebrity who seems to truly understand the power you wield over the lives of those who look up to you.
And the decision is….ummm
The President publicly courted you over seven times. The President! Thirty foot billboards. Six cities courting you. The eyes of the world on you, hanging on every word. Umm….
Pausing before answering the questions tonight would have a dramatic impact on your delivery. Practicing your key line – “I’m taking my game to South Beach” – about 1/1000000 of the time you practice your craft would have made a dramatic difference.
The eyes of the world will be on you tomorrow, the next day and continue for a long time to come. You are a leader, period. You are a role model.
Great leaders realize the power of their words, and it is clear you understand that.
There is also tremendous power in how those words are delivered.
There is no question in my mind that you can become a great speaker — if you put even a little work into it, the difference will be tremendous.