Others have preceded Gilbert in writing this sort of memoir, but few indeed have done it better. Elizabeth Gilbert is everything you would love in a tour guide, of magical places she has traveled to both deep inside and across the oceans: Plagued with despair after a nasty divorce, the author, in her early 30s, divides a year equally among three dissimilar countries, exploring her competing urges for earthly delights and divine transcendence.
In her talk, Gilbert speaks about the fears and frustrations of those who pursue a creative life, especially during those moments of angst when the creative juices are not flowing, and offers some advice and encouragement.
It is a touching performance. Even though I have seen it numerous times — I use it as part of one of the courses that I teach on public speaking — I never tire of it.
This is the latest in a series of speech critiques here on Six Minutes. I encourage you to: Read the analysis in this speech critique; and Share your thoughts on this presentation in the comment section. For the purposes of this post, I have chosen three things that I liked and three areas where I see room for improvement.
She speaks with sincere passion.
Garr Reynolds, the author of Presentation Zenhas said that if he only had one tip to give to speakers, it would be to be passionate about the topic and let that enthusiasm come out.
And let your passion for your topic come out for all to see. It is easy to see that she truly cares about the subject matter and that she wants the audience to understand what she is saying and why.
Her passion builds to a crescendo as her talk progresses. Note, for example, her description of the moonlight dances in North Africa You are going out on a limb. It more than compensates for any shortcomings.
Stories help us connect with our audiences in a way that all the charts, graphs, statistics and bullet points in the world will never be able to do. Gilbert uses the power of stories to great effect. Going through the transcript of her talk, I found five personal stories from her life and five stories about other people.
The stories reinforce her points in a powerful way. Psychologists who have studied the power of storytelling have concluded that people are hardwired for stories. It is perhaps the oldest method of communication. So be sure to incorporate stories in your presentations. You have stories too, and telling them will bring your presentation to life in a way that bullet points never can.
She engages the audience. She engages the audience throughout and that makes her very easy to listen to. Gilbert does not put on airs.
Her voice is natural. She makes good eye contact with the audience. She laces her talk with humor at appropriate points. They make her likable and being liked is very important for a speaker. Just ask anyone who has ever spoken to a hostile audience.
Now the areas for improvement: She needs to slow down and pause more often. Gilbert makes many important points and backs them up with wonderful stories and anecdotes. However, she often runs her ideas together quickly. Pausing serves us well in many ways: It allows our audiences to absorb and digest what we have said.
It helps rid us of the bad habit of feeling compelled to fill the silence with awkward filler words. It makes us look thoughtful, confident, and credible.
I believe that a great speech happens between the words, during those moments when the audience internalizes our words.Elizabeth is best known, however for her memoir EAT PRAY LOVE, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce.
Elizabeth Gilbert began her writing journey with two acclaimed works of fiction: the short story collection Pilgrims, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the novel Stern Men, a New York Times Notable Book.
These were followed by three works of nonfiction: The Last American Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and two memoirs.
Her memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, spent 57 weeks in the #1 Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book/5.
You can feel every emotion Elizabeth Gilbert goes through As we reported in January , the Eat, Pray, Love author’s partner Rayya Elias passed away at the age of 57 from cancer. On. Rayya Elias, Elizabeth Gilbert‘s partner, has died following a battle with pancreatic and liver cancer.
She was The “Eat Pray Love” author, 48, made her relationship with Elias public in. Elizabeth is best known, however for her memoir EAT PRAY LOVE, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce.
The book was an international bestseller, translated into over thirty languages, with over 12 million copies sold worldwide.