Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2005
They represent the highest level of their craft, the pinnacle of their art, and theyÂve just snagged the top honor in their industry. A simple 45-second speech should be a piece of cake, right? Wrong. The failure of Oscar winners to give a good acceptance speech is legendary.
Why do these highly talented people fail so miserably at this simple task? Executive communications coach, author and commentator, LeeAundra Temescu, is convinced itÂs because they simply donÂt take the time to prepare. ÂItÂs painfully obvious these people donÂt have a clue what to say when theyÂre up there.Â The result: a rambling, mind-numbing recitation of thank yous that has long been one of the biggest complaints of Oscar viewers.
That many of these same tongue-tied artists make a living performing the spoken word is just one of the ironies of the situation. ÂI understand the pressure is intense and their nerves are probably raw.Â Temescu says, ÂBut IÂve never understood why Oscar nominees, who spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on stylists, makeup artists, and clothes to present the perfect image for Oscar night, rarely, if ever, spend even a few minutes thinking about what they are going to say in front of the biggest audience many of them will ever have.Â
Why donÂt nominees prepare? Some are superstitious and feel that Âpreparing for a winÂ jinxes them. Adrian Brody admitted in his acceptance speech for the Best Actor Oscar in ÂThe PianistÂ (2002) that he didnÂt write a speech because "every time I've done that in the past I didn't win.Â Some may be too busy. But at Oscar time, the stakes are high and a good acceptance speech is remembered often times as much as the achievement that won it. Sometimes more.
At the 1997 Academy Awards after receiving the Oscar for Best Short Subject Documentary, Jessica Yu quipped, "What a thrill. You know you've entered new territory when you realize that your outfit cost more than your film." Temescu says that line got her worldwide attention and a spot in a national Coach purse ad campaign, Âsurely more exposure than even an Oscar-winning short-subject wouldÂve gotten her.Â
According to Temescu, the best acceptance speeches such as those given by Tom Hanks (Best Actor, ÂPhiladelphiaÂ), Jodie Foster (Best Actress, ÂSilence of the LambsÂ) and Steven Soderburg (Best Director: ÂTrafficÂ) are "short, sincere and eloquent. They said something meaningful about the process of making movies and about the speaker themselves. Plus, you get bonus points for being funny. You canÂt do all those things off-the-cuff.Â
So her advice is simple: ÂPrepare. ItÂs only 45 seconds, for heavenÂs sake! ThatÂs six or seven sentences, tops. It wonÂt take that long to sketch out something really good. And the payoff could be huge.Â
And what about the laundry lists of names? Should winners jettison all the thank yous? ÂNever!Â says Temescu. ÂA endless stream of thank yous will kill you but you must always, always thank your mom.Â
The Contrary Public Speaker is an executive communications coaching firm based in Los Angeles. Founded by national award winning public speaker, author and commentator, LeeAundra Temescu, it provides high-level presentation skills, in-the-moment training and executive presence for top-level managers and professionals.
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