No. 220: Successful Speakers are Voracious Readers [Hint: My Experience Based Tips on “What to Read”, as well as “How and When to Read”]

 “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ― Harry S. Truman

Here’s my adaptation, of the above quote, based on what I see in the socio-cultural environments I operate in:

“Not all speakers can be successful leaders, because NOT all speakers have a healthy reading habit!” – Tayo K. Solagbade

Aspiring Leaders Who Have NO TIME to Read Cannot Succeed as Leaders (3 Real Life Examples)

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1 of 2: PUBLIC SPEAKING –Successful Speakers are Voracious Readers

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ― Harry S. Truman

Here’s my adaptation, of the above quote, based on what I see in the socio-cultural environments I operate in:

“Not all speakers can be successful leaders, because NOT all speakers have a healthy reading habit!” – Tayo K. Solagbade

Aspiring Leaders Who Have NO TIME to Read Cannot Succeed as Leaders (3 Real Life Examples)

An expert-speaker once told me he did not read much because he was too busy. But after watching him for 6 months as we interacted on a project, I discovered he did not read because he was too lazy, restless and distracted by trivial issues. Not because he had no time or was too busy as he claimed!

A few years ago I was at an event in a Victoria Island-Lagos restaurant, hosted by Chimamanda Adichie, in which a young man asked her how he could improve his writing.

When she asked him how often he read, he replied that he did not have time to read!

You can guess how that exchange ended…

One more anecdote to drive my point home…

There’s a certain popular Beninese personality I’ve been quietly working with, here in Cotonou, to develop and implement a marketing strategy for a new range of solutions we plan to offer, using various audio visual resources he’s created over the years.

Last week, I asked him what he thought of the idea of my ghost-wring a book in his name, to be offered for sale to his fans and followers.

His reply, after a short pause, was that he’d learnt from years of serving local audiences his content, that majority of them had an aversion for reading and preferred watching videos and listening to audios.

That made us settle on using videos and audios to be put online and on DVDs off the web!

The above examples point to the fact that we have a society in which people are largely uninterested in reading – especially Self-Help literature!

Yet MANY of these same people with poor reading habits often aspire – and daily go out of their way – to become “speakers”!

That’s why we have so many “motivational speakers” who sound like duplicate versions of one another. Or worse, who simply ramble senselessly in delivering messages that make little sense to equally clueless audience members, with similar poor reading and thinking habits like the speaker’s!

They want to lead others, but are not prepared to equip themselves with the information and education to lead effectively!

How can you can make any lasting impact on those you address in your talks or lectures, when your fail to read to improve yourself?.

I often see such “speakers” (many having NO personal achievements of any sort to boast about) with bestsellers on success and achievement by established expert-authors, like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell, Anthony Robbins, Bill Gates, Robert Kiyosaki and Napoleon Hill.

But on conversing with them, it often becomes painfully obvious they’ve not gone beyond the first chapter i.e. if at all they actually ever sat down long enough to read even that!

Yet, the truth is that even Albert Einstein, genius that he was, READ to improve himself – and voraciously too

So did/do the authors mentioned above, as well as many other successful people in various fields – including fashion design, and sports (Ask Michael Jordan)!

Now, let me point out here that when I say “successful” people in this article, I mean those who achieved expert competence in their chosen fields, and got recognized for it, BUT rather than stop there, went further to INFLUENCE others to excel, by becoming leaders of thought.

Einstein, Edison, Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Robert Kiyosaki, and many others are examples of leaders of this kind.

So is Burt Dubin, veteran mentor to international speakers, and an author of his own books (e.g. Bust Loose) – who incidentally began reading powerful self-help books before he was in his teens.

In no time, the impact of the ideas he got exposed to became apparent in the exceptional performances he began demonstrating from an early age in and out of paid employment.

Burt is now 91 years old, but continues to read and write with the same passion that he’s always had.

How do I know this you ask?

It’s because I’ve interacted with him closely for over 4 years now, since we teamed up to sell his mentoring solutions to experts in Africa.

One example: Last Thursday, I sent Burt a 12 item questionnaire for my CEO Interview Series, and by Saturday afternoon, he’d sent me the FULLY answered questionnaire neatly typed in MS Word with over 1,500 words!

That says a lot doesn’t it – and it’s the reason why he’s excelled in various fields for over half a century.

Burt remains as mentally agile as ever, and his wisdom from a well developed reading habit spanning over a half century, constantly comes to the fore as we correspond: a most enriching experience, for me!

[NB: If you ever read where I wrote that he was 83, forgive me – Burt has since corrected me in an email he sent last week]

Regular and diligent reading of useful written material (not gossip news etc) will over time build up your store of knowledge and information, including your reserve

There is a saying that you cannot give what you don’t have.

If you go around trying to share with others without maintaining a healthy reading habit, you’ll get to a point that you DRY UP, begin to sound stale, and your audiences will feel you have nothing new to offer, anytime they listen to you after the first time.

Think about the great speakers you know for a minute. Do you ever get the impression that they have no new ideas to share? Or that they’re boring to listen to? Very unlikely!

In as much as they may not be perfect, most of them nurse the smart habit of constantly replenishing what they know about their areas of expertise, by reading as much and as wide as possible. And they say so!

Today’s technology enables us access useful reading resources of the best and highest quality much more easily. It therefore makes one wonder why fewer and fewer people pick interest in reading.

I believe this has happened because of the failure of the conventional schooling systems in our societies.

Due to its emphasis on right and wrong answers, as well as rote learning/memorization, most people leave school without a LOVE for reading/studying – with the possible exception of sports, politics, romance, gossip etc.

The irony is that they also go into the world assuming that the little they see and hear as they move around, and also via TV and Radio, as well as on DVDs and other media, will be enough to learn what they need to know.

What they fail to realize is that doing those things cannot replace the need for reading.

My experience based tips on “What to Read”, as well as “How and When to Read”…

Now that I’ve established the important need for an expert-who-speaks to read in order to replenish him/herself, what follows below are some tips you can use to get into the habit as a way of life (which is what it should be).

What to Read:

Read anything and everything that can help you become better at what you do, and that will boost your ability to deliver memorable value adding speeches to your target audience.

How and When to Read:

Read online as well as offline.

Seize every opportunity to read anything you identify to be relevant to your needs.

Ideally seek your ideal time and place to do your reading.

However, my experience has taught me that expedience should be my operative word.

In other words sometimes it can be hard to find the perfect time to read, and yet something worth reading may come my way.

What I do is to do it right there and then or if that not possible, and I cannot take what is to be read with me to read later, I use whatever means possible to make a copy.

This has seen me writing out a page or 2 from a magazine.

When there was no time for that I’ve often taken high resolution photos of newspaper and magazine pages.

While reading online for instance I typically download pages to read offline later, or I copy and paste text from the web pages into a notepad file I then save to my smart phone’s memory card, so I can later read it on the device when I find a window of free time.

In truth there is no ceremony for me about when and where I read.

I read in snatches (e.g. quotes, self help tips etc) posted on any media, like walls, on TV, on people’s shirts.

And I also read lengthy texts as contained in both digital and print books anywhere and anytime I am able.

Basically, once I set my mind on reading something, no matter how voluminous, or complex, I routinely seize any opportunities I get to progress it, until it’s done. That’s how I get though work-related reading for my client projects, to ensure I deliver as promised.

What Mental Attitude Should Guide Your Reading? (OR What Should be Your Reason for Reading?)

No matter how much work or life experiences you have, you need to read what competent others have written, to gain better insights needed to improve yourself towards impacting others as a speaker.

My reading is never an ego trip. I recommend you ensure that yours never is as well.

For instance, I don’t buy a bestseller so people can see me carrying it around and “think” I am familiar with the “popular” book and author (e.g. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki).

Instead I internalize everything I read, subjecting it to Critical Thinking Analysis, so as to come up with my own insights, even if that means I end up not agreeing with the author in some areas.

Then I take the outcome of my reading and begin to apply it in my personal and work life – including when speaking to individual or group audiences – to influence them in my capacity as an competent expert in my field(s) of specialization.

Example: By applying the ideas from reading Rich Dad Poor Dad, and several other Kiyosaki books I’ve developed my own range of passive income generating information products, which I sell(click here to see one). Then while speaking to others, I talk about it, and some hire me to develop such products for them too. See how I’m putting what I read to productive use?

If you do your reading diligently along the lines described above, your audiences are likely to find listening to your speeches repeatedly informative, educative, entertaining, and most importantly empowering!

Final Words: Speakers who excel are those who devote quality time to Self-Improvement via reading, and who engage in critical thinking based on what they read, to extract insights they can use.

In a recent phone conversation with Efe Ohwofasa, the UK based Nigerian born Speaker, Business Growth Coach and Marketing Consultant, he let on that one habit he constantly nurtures is his self-help reading.

To excel as an expert in your field, and especially as one who speaks as a thought-leader, you MUST adopt reading and critical thinking as described here as a regular habit!

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You’re reading No. 220: Successful Speakers are Voracious Readers [Hint: My Experience Based Tips on “What to Read”, as well as “How and When to Read”] by Tayo Solagbade, originally posted on his Daily Self-Development (SD) Nuggets™ blog. If you loved reading this post, be sure to follow Tayo on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

You may also wish to check out his growing library of tutorial and demonstration videos on Youtube. Click here, to download over 10 resources to boost your personal and work related productivity.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
On 4th May 2014, Tayo’s 9 year old domain (Spontaneousdevelopment dot com), was taken over by Aplus.net. Within a few days however, Tayo used his advanced self-taught web development skills to build (and move his website contents into) a SUPERIOR "reincarnation" at http://www.tayosolagbade.com.

Most URLs bearing the old domain name appearing in search engines should now work if "spontaneousdevelopment.com" is replaced with "tayosolagbade.com". If you experience any difficulties finding a page or document, email Tayo at tksola dot com.

Click "Tayo, What Happened to SpontaneousDevelopmentDotCom?" to read a detailed narrative about how the above event occurred :-))

Here’s an article Tayo wrote, to inspire others to defy adversity, and bounce back to even greater reckoning at what they do EVERY time:

Succeed by Emerging from Adversity Like a Phoenix (TayoSolagbade.com launches extra Hosting plan with FREE Web Marketing!)

And he wrote the one below, to explain why losing a domain name, no matter how old NO LONGER determines your online success or otherwise:

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