Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Conan O'Brien and The Power of Unexpected Emotion

What made Conan O'Brien's farewell speech last Friday night so memorable?

Watch it here:


The content was clearly very moving. And his delivery was both clear and powerful.

But what really made us sit up and listen was the shock of seeing someone who always cracks jokes suddenly and unexpectedly speaks with full sincerity.

From the Green Room: The next time you speak, take a moment to drop your usual persona and try something radically different. If you're normally loud - get quiet. If you are very serious - act goofy. And if you are always the comedian, take a moment to speak personally and sincerely to your listeners.

Your audience will remember that moment not only because it's so unexpected, but because you had the courage to reveal another side of yourself.


Adam Korengold said...

It was a wonderful speech, Sarah-I kind of expected him to "get serious" for a moment, but I thought his messages were deeply inspring: 1) I'm very fortunate; 2) don't be cynical; 3) if you work hard, wonderful things will happen.

Sarah Gershman said...

Great breakdown of his message, Adam. I still think that this particular had all the more power behind it because it was delivered by a comedian.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Conan's unexpected demeanor made his message all the more powerful, but it was the content that really got me. It revealed not merely someone who is capable of being serious but someone who is, in fact, a serious person. And there is a difference.