Friday, February 24, 2006

Public Speaking Tip: Sensitive Audience Members

If you are planning to do a lively presentation that involves the audience members, you must be careful of what you say at the beginning of your speech.

Some audience members would rather have you sit down so they could be the star on stage, but others dread the thought of even being noticed while they are sitting in the audience.

Here is a critical phrase you can adapt and say during the beginning of your presentation to help the sensitive members of the audience relax and pay attention to your content.

"We're going to have lots of fun and interaction today, but don't worry. You won't be put on the spot to do anything you don't want to do."

That simple phrase will help all of your audience members enjoyyour presentation without anxiety.

From an archived issue of Great Speaking ezine, about the problems erasing Dry Erase Boards when the ink has dried for a long time. Readers Mary Roth and Fugi Saito both quickly responded with this tip. Scribble over the old writing with a marker. This re-moistens the old writing which will now erase easily with your dry board eraser.

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