How would you like to die? Death and public speaking are made for each other when it comes to talking about this most uncomfortable topic.
People don’t like to talk about death or dying. They especially don’t ever talk about their own death unless to prepay for funeral expenses.
One popular commercial has a famous actress who says that she wants to die laughing on her 87th birthday. It goes on to say she refuses to die of breast cancer.
So, how would you like to die?
By asking this question in a public domain it becomes possible to tap into positive peer pressure. It creates a community collective consciousness that can make it easy to discuss.
People do not get sick alone. When people experience illness, the entire community of people involved in the life of the person also are part of the illness. Likewise when someone dies, the whole community of people around the person experience the death.
By asking the question of how would you like to die, the audience is taken to a place where they will eventually go some day. By getting them to that place, a situation is created where they could be introduced to the positives that could come from it.
To make it a positive experience, it could be beneficial to frame the question as something positive.
To frame something otherwise negative as something positive, requires seeing something good in it. If there is nothing good, then what good can come from it needs to be asked.
In the case of death, by taking a look at how you would like to die will make you take a look at how you will live your life.
When you die, what do you want to be known for.
What do you hope to accomplish by the time you die?
How do you want to be remembered?
If given a choice, would you rather be at your own home to die?
There are several directions to take this topic.
Important aspects of the topic include the need for advance directives and durable power of attorney for health care.
The benefits of hospice care.
Choosing to live a life of purpose and meaning.
There are numerous other directions to take the theme of a talk on death and dying.
Death and public speaking, the perfect way to discuss an uncomfortable topic like the question, how would you like to die?
Hospice: Dying to Be There is my first book on hospice, what it is, what it does and why in the health you need to know. When it comes to death and public speaking, this is one of my favorite topics to talk about.
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