Public Speaking

Here is a great quote: 

Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
(Dorothy Sarnoff)

There have been times when my audience has stopped listening long before I finished speaking. Somehow we (maybe I should say "I") love the beauty of our own voice and the brilliance of our own ideas. And we assume that everyone else is just as enthralled and enamored as we are.

They aren't !!!

So we miss the cues. We keep talking (droning) on and on. And they have checked out.

I read one study where pastors and congregations were surveyed. The pastors inevitably evaluated themselves as ABOVE AVERAGE as public speakers while their audiences rated them average or below average. The same was true for teachers. The average teacher thinks they are an above average teacher. Talk to the students for a second opinion.

Public speaking is hard work. Very Hard Work.

Shorter is almost always better.

When you have to go longer, you better work Extra Very Hard to keep it interesting. And I think I'll stop writing this post before you stop reading.

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Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International