Getting Over Yourself

March 5, 2015

“Thank you” isn’t all that polite when you’re speaking

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 10:56 am
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Skip “thank you” when you close.

Most of the time when people finish their talk by saying “thank you” it’s comes from nervousness. They don’t know how else to get out of there.

Or it might be because they realized the closing was so weak that they want to be sure the audience knows they’re finished. Or maybe they’re trying to distance themselves from the closing.

If you really feel there’s a reason to thank the audience at the end, then it needs to be genuine and not “knee jerk.” And it needs to come after you’ve given the audience enough time to absorb you’re final point. Because if you don’t, they’ll have a hard time remembering what your point was because you’ve siphoned off their focus into the “thank you.”

If you want to focus the audience on your message, postpone “thank you” or skip it all together.

 

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March 3, 2015

What if you’re the last speaker of the day?

Filed under: Tips — Barbara Rocha @ 11:15 am
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How do you engage them when they’re tired and would just as soon leave as to listen to another speaker?

Whatever time has been allotted you, cut it by at least one-fourth. Finishing early makes you a hero. It also is more likely you’ll be more concise and focused which will make it snappier.

Start with a story that has a point and will resonate with them. Don’t put in anything that is “nice to know” info, only “your house will burn down if you don’t know this” info.

See what you can do to make it interactive. Have them tell you what part of your subject affects them or their work. No matter the size of the audience, there will be people who will respond.

If you can give them a brief stretch break without losing control, do so. Have them raise their hands over their heads and count to 10, or something more creative that relates to your subject.

Connect every piece of info you give them to their specific needs. Try to stay with stories and examples. And be totally engaged yourself. And don’t run one minute over (unless for some reason you get their agreement to stay past the ending time).

 

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