It’s something that drives me mad. When you hear ‘experts’ talking about ‘passion’ as the most important element in a speaker’s arsenal. It doesn’t make sense, does it?
First of all ‘passion’ is an abstract noun, and we all know that abstract nouns mean nothing without clarification. Then ‘passion’ is spoken of in the way that hopeless singers pleading for a chance to ‘get to Hollywood’ do when prostrating themselves before Simon Cowell…
‘I want it…’, they say through gobs of snot and tears, as if wanting something is enough of a reason for the audience to give in and say, ‘Oh well that’s alright then, your complete lack of talent, effort and perspective is made irrelevant because you want it so badly…’
It never happens does it? And it makes the pleader hate themselves, and the pleaded to, lose all respect for the little pleader kneeling before them. So ‘passion’ is the presenters version of ‘wanting it’. It’s selfish, it’s about the speaker and it ignores the audience’s perspective completely. And without moderation, empathy and perspective, passion is irritating, inappropriate and irrelevant to most audiences, isn’t it? Let’s look at a few fatal combinations-
- Passion without thought- is boorishness
- Passion without empathy- might be rape
- Passion without a point- is the dictionary definition of irrelevance
- Passion without talent- is either amusing, embarrassing or both.