I was running late. I was about to dash into the huge Auditorium in the Meadowlands in New Jersey. This was the second day of a three day Anthony Robbins workshop seminar. And I noticed there all these people outside smoking all of the and I hope this doesn't sound like I'm being mean or catty or biased. All of them profoundly overweight, all of them chain smoking. And somehow I found myself talking I was even though I was late, I talked to a few of them.
And they all said the same thing is Oh, Tony Robbins is great. We love his stuff. We go to all his seminars, we travel all around the country going to all of his workshops. And I think I didn't say anything, but I'm thinking it doesn't seem to be working because he spends a lot of time telling people how to use it. LP to stop smoking, get to the proper weight be successful. It sure seemed like it wasn't working at all.
What's the point here? It's not to bash Anthony Robbins. He's very good at what he does. I don't love every aspect of it. It's a little too touchy feely for me, you know, turn around and give people you don't know, massages. But still, he reaches a lot of people has a huge fan base.
He's truly a great public speaker. But the point is, nothing works on everyone. There have been people who have come to my public speaking workshops. I think I'm the greatest public speaking coach and media training coach in the world. But sometimes someone will come. Two months later, they give a speech and it's awful and it's boring and they didn't improve at all.
So one message here is you have to realize nobody's 100% nobody is going to completely influence and transform every audience. They speak to every audience member Remember, the other big message here to remember is some people who hear us speak are going to focus on the entertainment value for this group of people. I think, again, I could be wrong. I think they just enjoyed the show of Anthony Robbins. He is entertaining. He is interesting.
There is funny, there is drama, there is emotion. Now, I'm not asking you to be Anthony Robbins when you're giving the quarterly finance report in front of your board of directors, but I do want you to think at least about how can you be as engaging as possible because some people are not going to absorb the intellectual part, but will take away a positive sense how you engage them.