Ok, hold on. I know what you’re thinking. You see that title, “Public Speaking: Bribes,” and you start getting a little fidgety. Maybe you’re thinking I’m unethical because I give tips to get things done. Well, go ahead and fix your panties while I dispel those negative thoughts.
Instead of public speaking bribes or tips, let’s call them Impromptu Financial Investments. Doesn’t sound as bad now, huh? And you know what, it’s not when you break it down. Basically you are offering monetary value for a service. This is a normal exchange of business to which we have grown accustomed.
Say you’re at a public speaking event and an hour from kickoff, you can’t find a wireless mic at all. Sometimes all it takes is the magic of a greenback to make one appear, and in record speed! Not everyone likes this technique, but maybe it’s because they aren’t used to it in a public speaking environment. But Impromptu Financial Investments occur every day when we tip the taxi driver, the bell hop, and the hostess at the best restaurant in New York City for a table.
When you’re in a crunch, a little money will keep you from sweating and help someone else buy lunch. And come on, what’s wrong with that?!