Getting Over Yourself

October 9, 2009

A quiet audience may still be a receptive audience

Filed under: Observations — Barbara Rocha @ 9:27 am

Last month I had the quietest class I’ve ever had (and that’s a lot of classes over the last 30 years). They were quiet and they were attentive, responsive, and participative. They loved the class and the loved what they learned–eager to get back to the world so they could apply everything.

It was just another reminder that each audience has its own personality and that your attention needs to be totally focused on your audience rather than on yourself. (This assumes that the ideas you’re expressing are your purpose for all this focus.)

Don’t be spooked by an audience that is responding differently, just take it as a reminder than they are individuals seeking information for their own needs in their own way. And let that lead you to change up what you’re saying, or say it differently in an effort to meet those needs.

You’re looking to convey information and get action, not just trying to deliver a script.


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