Longtime Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, who passed away yesterday at the age of 94, has left behind some important lessons in corporate executive communication and leadership.
“Vin Scully’s grace, grace, storytelling ability and vast knowledge of baseball are undeniable. I think it’s a lesson for leaders,” Dick Grove, CEO and founder of INK Public Relations, said in an email.
“Vin never stumbled over his words and was sure of what was coming out of his mouth before speaking. Or you will put yourself in the background to focus on others who only elevate your status.
“If a big moment happens in a match, he naturally lives the moment. He was safe enough to know the noise of the crowd. [the] Player reactions tell the story best. Even though Vin knew everything, he never thought he knew everything. he shared. he didn’t give a lecture. ”
“It’s safe to say that egos are alive and well in management. But leaders need to be two-way to inspire confidence. You need a tipping type of security.Humility is a form of strength.Arrogance is a form of weakness.I think Vin Scully embodied humility as much as any announcer who has ever lived. So he inspired audiences and earned their credibility, two aspects of leadership that are important,” Grove noted.
“Simply put, Vin Scully was the greatest ever. To do.”
tell a story
According to Steve Turner, owner of Solomon Turner PR, Scully “used his innate storytelling abilities.” “The attention to detail and the weave of words has allowed Vin to truly be at the top of his game. I work with clients to improve their storytelling and communication skills for marketing and public relations purposes. I have endeavored to follow that lead.
“Vin connects events from the past 30, 40 and 50 years ago and makes them relevant to audiences and broadcasts today. , is a true art, and this is what I learned from Mr. Scully, and I think about it a lot to help my clients prepare for media interviews and other storytelling,” Turner said.
Matt Evenoff, founder of Princeton Public Speaking, said in an email that the next communication lesson from Scully is particularly good for business leaders.
“His use of all five senses and his language made you feel like you were living in the moment with him.”
understand your audience
“Vin was always talking to everyone. And he knew it. Every simple word and explanation of his game. [were] Accessible for first-time listeners and hardcore veterans alike.And he always did it with empathy, kindness, and a bit of self-deprecating humor. [admitted] However, he made a mistake. A valuable lesson for all communicators. ”
master tone, intonation, intonation
“To tell a story with just your voice, you have to play with tone and inflection, almost creating a verbal highlighter. Every executive can do this. No!It means understanding your audience and using your voice to generate an emotional response and keep them engaged.Executives emphasize keywords and key concepts so that audience You can always do this by creating spaces before and after so that it can be absorbed into.”
“This lesson [applies] For executives who can use silence and pause equally [Scully did] In order for the audience to be able to catch up, we had to actually process the message we were delivering,” concluded Eventoff.