I recently did a Quora Session, which is kind of like an AMA (Ask Me Anything). Quorans ask questions, and the Session guest answers based on their career/life experience.
One of the questions I answered was “Want to Be a Better Public Speaker? Here’s How You Should Prepare for Your Next Gig,” and apparently, the folks at Inc. Magazine liked it so much that they republished it.
What I think made it interesting is that it wasn’t just a simple guide, but my answer answered another bigger question: what kind of a public speaker are you now?
And that makes all the difference in the world as to how I’d guide you on how to be a better speaker. Here’s what I mean…
Hope this helps!
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Absolutely! You’ll always get a better reception, and be more helpful, if you consider where your audience—even an audience of one—is coming from.
Good advice. I’ll have to remember this. Thanks for the video David.
I wish more people would provide the information up front when asking for advice. I come from an IT background so I see it all the time. So I have to ask a bunch of questions before I can even start down the path to a solution. I wish more people would adopt the mindset, “If I were going to provide advice, what information would I want?” In other words, please don’t make us guess. And one of my biggest pet peeves is speculative answers, and the Internet is rife with them. If you don’t know the answer, don’t guess or speculate. Step away from the keyboard see what happens.