What is the rainbow?

Rainbow Screen shot
Screen shot of rainbow on my son’s phone

Rainbows are rare. Rainbows are beautiful. Rainbows excite people enough to take photos and share them.  This one arrived on my son’s phone while we were also admiring the same rainbow from our livingroom window. Rainbows connect people.

Singers, performers, and public speakers also deliver rare and colorful moments which we want to share. The best TED and TEDx talks go viral and are shared by millions of people. I call these moments Rainbow Speaking.



Color symbolism has always existed. The emotions of love and hate have across history and cultures been depicted by red. The symbol of the Sun King in France and today’s happy face Smiley both draw power from the joyful color of yellow.

Examples of Red Emotions

Yellow Happy Face
Yellow Smiley = symbol of joy
Yellow Sun King logo

Color symbolism can help us visualize the key elements of a great speech and make it easier to spot one. My theory is that an outstanding speech has a balance of seven elements: red emotions, orange energy, yellow joy, green hope, blue vision, indigo depth and purple soul. Speeches differ and these elements may appear in varying strength, but when all seven are present the result is a Rainbow speech which connects with an audience in a unique and memorable way.

I believe rainbow speaking is as natural and beautiful as the rainbow that appears outside our window.

You create a rainbow for your audience by using and balancing red emotion, orange energy, yellow joy, green hope, blue vision, indigo depth, and purple soul.

That is the secret of rainbow speaking. I invite you to speak your rainbow and create truly memorable moments for you and your audience.


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