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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.
Although he was regarded as gangly and awkward physically, President Abraham Lincoln knew how to connect to audiences. Here are two more practices he embraced that could help you, too.
I asked a number of people recently how long they thought the Gettysburg Address actually was. Most said 10-15 minutes or they didn’t know. Amazingly to me, the Gettysburg address lasted just over two minutes.