Monday, May 11, 2009

Public Speaking: Take A Position

Just today, I read two humorous articles that used a simple but effective technique: adopting another person's perspective or personality. In one, Kelly Ahlfeld wrote about "What your baby would tell you if he could talk," for "Parenting Magazine." In another, Dan Poynter is quoted in "The Publicity Hound" ezine about a dog's New Year's resolutions.

Try this: pick a position/job title outside your company. Maybe it's the copier guy, the computer person, the UPS driver, and write a list of the top 5 or 10 things that THEY think are important, but that the rest of us could care less about. The humor comes from the difference in perspective. Example from the baby article: "Two words I'd rather not hear from you: rectal thermometer." And from the dog article: "Try to understand that the cat is from Venus and I am from Mars."

Take five minutes to try it now, even if you come up with only one.

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