Connect as Powerfully as Lupita Nyong’o: Messages Matter @ Oscars & Nonprofits

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 Take 3 minutes to listen to this incredible speech. Relevance rules at the Oscars too.

That was reinforced big time in this fantastically-moving acceptance speech by Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave) AND in the massive media coverage of her speech from the moment it started. Journalists, bloggers and others were clearly as moved as I was by this motivating and memorable 3-minute speech.

Even for folks like me, who find the actual Oscars’ ceremony tedious, there’s much to enjoy retrospectively, including this speech. And for all of us nonprofit communicators and fundraisers, there’s much to learn from Lupita’s words and delivery.

==> Take a few minutes to listen to her again. What makes Lupita’s speech so powerful for you? Please share your thoughts here.

Lupita spoke briefly, with visible emotion (she was open-mouthed stunned as she mounted the steps to the stage) and—most importantly—was fully and obviously herself. She shared with us how overcome she was with joy, how full she was of appreciation and how taking on the role of Patsy had changed her forever.

The simplicity and brevity of her words and the passion of her delivery shouted authentic. Yes, she must have rehearsed her speech a few times or more. But she remained completely authentic. Nothing that connects more strongly than that.

It’s impossible not to love Lupita as she bubbles over with love for others. I think you’ll see what I mean, with these out takes from her speech:

  • It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is thanks to so much pain in someone else’s.
  • I’m certain that the dead are standing about and watching, and they’re grateful, and so am I.
  • For every child, no matter where you are from, your dreams are valid.

Thank you, Lupita, for showing us how to shape and share messages real and relevant messages. I hope others will be moved and motivated by your words, just as I am.

Please take a few minutes to listen to Lupita again. Why does Lupita’s speech grab you? Please share your thoughts here.

Learn from Lupita Nyong_o

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P.P.S. This woman really knows how to rock a dress too. Absolutely unforgettable.

Nancy Schwartz in Branding and Messages, Relevance Rules | 12 comments

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