Imagine waking up in the middle of the night and finding yourself in the tropical paradise of the Maldives
Imagine what a covid free world would look like in a couple of months
Imagine having the power of teleportation and being able to travel anywhere you want
How are you feeling after reading these sentences? Were they stimulating your imagination? Were you feeling excited about your vacation or thrilled about your supernatural power of teleportation?
I came across the use of the word "imagine" in one of my meetings at the Toastmasters. Studies have found that the word "imagine" is one of the most powerful words in English and if used correctly, it has the power to influence people's subconscious minds.
Here are some tricks of what the word "imagine" can do to you
Activate your senses
Distract you from reality
Paint a picture in your mind
Involve you in a speech and make you part of a story
When it comes to giving speeches, "imagine" can be used in different sections of a speech: either at the beginning, middle, or towards the end. The key is to effectively use it at the opening of a speech, and to repeat the word "imagine" at least three times in order to invite the audience to "imagine". It can also be used at the end of the speech depending on the message one wants to transmit to the audience.
It's not a matter of just throwing in the word "imagine", but rather painting a picture for your audience and forming an actual vivid mental image. For example, instead of just saying "Imagine earning more money", one can say: "Imagine what earning $10,000 more per month can do... It can increase your savings, allow you to travel more, etc.."
To conclude, "imagine" is one powerful tool that allows you to hypnotize the audience and to be more deeply connected with them. Use it more often in your daily life and you will be surprised by its results. It is not as difficult as you may think!
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
- Albert Einstein