Speaking Lesson from Seth Meyers: Embrace the Unexpected
In his interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Seth Meyers discusses the differences between telling jokes on SNL’s Weekend Update and delivering the opening monologue on Late Night. In Weekend Update, if a joke flops, you just have to move right along. But on Late Night, the “mistake” is actually an opportunity to connect with the audience.
At one point, Meyers recalls a moment in a monologue when he tries to make fun of the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys reunion. To his surprse, when he mentions the reunion, the audience cheers! Meyers tells them he totally thought they’d have a different reaction – and the moment ends up being even funnier.
From the Green Room: Welcome the unexpected – it keeps things interesting. Remember, the goal of a presentation is connection – NOT perfection. By embracing your mistakes, you can turn them into the best moments in your speech.