When you stand and get introduced as the speaker, take a few seconds to scan your audience. Look around the room and notice the ones you've talk with and their comments or questions. Try to bring your audience into the talk with their thoughts and ideas you've heard or know about. Getting connected with the audience is priority # one. First, you want them to like you, get to know you, then they'll be inclined to trust you.
Some professional speakers suggest that you:
Tell em what you're going to tell em.
Then tell em what you told em....
Good advice for sure. Most folks like to know your topic, what you're going to share, explain, even show them that will make life fairer, richer, and better along with the keys to success in business too. Never leave anyone hanging in mid-air without a clue as to why you're the speaker.
It's usually a good idea to connect with your audience by sharing a tasteful story if you can handle the punch line for a good laugh. As the old saying goes... some can ~ some can't ~ you know. Don't bomb with a bad joke if that's not your forte.
Always make it your business to know your audience. Never try to wing it hoping everyone in the audience is a Christian, a business owner, a funeral director, Internet guru or the local bartenders club. Church bloopers are sometimes a hoot.... find a good source of funny stories or experiences you can share with the audience in good taste.
Any of the following titles can be researched and turned into a great speech for the right audience. You may want to develop a portfolio of speeches researched, focused and ready for immediate delivery when it fits one of your future audiences.
- "Where's YOUR Focus?"
- Is it on Winning at any cost?
- Is it on Lack or Scarcity?
- Do you think Abundance?
- Are you focused on your Beliefs?
- How about the Fruits of the Spirit?
As many of you know, Dr. Wayne Dyer is a well-known author/speaker with a series of talks called INTENTIONS for Public Broadcasting stations, loaded with great wisdom. As he explains, sit back and enjoy. Be aware that he is a professional speaker with great presence with his audiences.
Dr. Dyer authored a book entitled: "You'll See It When You Believe It" filled with tremendous insights and some of his best thoughts I've enjoyed in recent months. Amazon.com or any bookstore has a copy.
Remember THOMAS and his reaction to seeing JESUS.....
"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, yet have believed." We often call him Doubting Thomas..... but maybe NEGATIVE Thomas fits too. Millions of people fit into this category of unbelief, saying I'll believe it when I see it.
I love to drive through a parking lot and think about the lucky person today getting ready to back out of my parking space..... closest to the door. Does it ALWAYS work? No, maybe only 75% of the time BECAUSE I believe it. What's the word.... gullible? It's just hard to knock success.
Let me share with you a few thoughts from Dr. Dyer's book about "scarcity" or "lack" for what it's worth. Jesus tells us as he did Thomas...... to live by FAITH, not by sight. We have a friend who is near, always present with us, day and night.
As a public speaker, even within your corporate ranks, you want to think positive thoughts about your audience, they're pulling for you, urging you on, feeling your pain. You're doing something that few in the audience would be willing to do. According to public research it's reported that most people would rather die than give a speech. As a speaker it means you're a huge exception to the rule of society.
Give every speech your best effort. Your audience deserves it. Practice, practice, practice is always SOP [Standard Operating Procedure] for great speakers in constant demand. Arrive early enough to check out the podium, the mikes, sound system and any props you'll use. Do it and your knees won't knock [much].