Spend some time in the room where you’re to speak well
before you’re to speak. Walk the stage, get a feel for the geography. This way
the first time you are there is not the first time you have to speak from
there. Since your speaking area is now familiar territory you’ll be able to concentrate
more on your audience, less on your nerves.
'Neither party expected for the war the magnitude
or the duration which it has already attained. Each looked for an easier
triumph and a result less fundamental and astounding. Both read the same Bible
and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. The
prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully.
The Almighty has His own purposes.'
1.If, say, you’re
speaking at a three-day conference resist the temptation to arrive just before
your presentation and leave right after it. Instead, show up for the whole
thing. There’s no better way to get a feel for the issues the participants are
facing, how they relate to their leadership, what they’re already good at, what
their major concerns are. These issues ooze out of the pores of every
conference. You don’t need to say much of anything: just keep your eyes and
ears open. It’s called “servant leadership in action,” right?
‘Mr. President, I’m
from New York State where we believe that God Almighty and Abraham Lincoln are
going to save this country.’ Hearing this remark, Lincoln smiled and nodded.
‘My friend,’ he said, ‘you’re half right.’
Let's say you're giving a talk about water conservation so you decide to
wear your favorite tie showing a phosphorescent trout leaping dramatically from
a phosphorescent mountain stream. The problem: your audience, mesmerized by
that tie, will lose completely 3 or 4 of your key sentences.
Instead, follow the lead of Steve Jobs, He introduced Apple gadgets wearing
black turtleneck, jeans and sneakers.
Bottom line: they're going to see you before they hear you, so make sure
what they see doesn't interfere with what you want them to hear!