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Getting people to attend an event, join your group, or contribute to your favorite cause is actually a form of public speaking that looks “natural” and deceptively easy.
We all have seen great presenters who keep their audience engage at all time. Seeing ourselves so separated from those skills makes us think they were born with a talent that we just -well- did not.
When you’re putting together your message, it can be confusing to know when to use “we” versus “I,” and where to put the focus on “you.” In this week’s blog you’ll find some simple tips to help you decide what could work best for you.
At regular intervals in your speech, throw out a question not answerable by a simple “yes” or “no”—and seek out responses from your audience.
In speaking as in life, you never have a “second chance to make a first impression.” That’s why knowing how to open your remarks with style and energy really matters.
You’re at a networking event and you’ve just shared the smooth “elevator pitch” you so carefully crafted. So has the person you’ve just met. What’s next?
To connect quickly with people and reach your networking goals, I advise you to devise several different elevator pitches so you’re ready for whatever opportunities arise.
While the visible or tangible results of your public speaking matters to you, as a business person or as a community leader, I have found that your hidden agenda can be equally critical – and even more important.