When you deliver a speech, what is your underlining motive and purpose?

Is it to:

1. Get recognition from the audience, please a boss, satisfy a requirement, win a contest?

2. Serve the audience, help them, and give them a good experience?

The first motive  is what motivates most people to get on stage. A work report must be given. There is a Toastmaster Contest. A college class forces participation.

However, once we have committed, our focus needs to quickly switch to the second motive.

Presentation Tip #11: Focus on how you can serve the audience and give them a good experience.

Give to the audience. Think of ways to give them a good experience. Customize your content for them. Entertain them, not yourself.

Walk up with this attitude and your audience will quickly pick up on it.  You’ll likely connect better.  Because you have an attitude of giving, not taking, the audience will often give back in the form of rapt attention, applause, and even a second invite.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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