I learned a great public speaking tip, at the recent National Speakers
Association convention while standing around talking shop in the hotel lobby.
spent some time with me and noted that I was not showing any vulnerability at
all near the beginning of my program. I would roll along and then tell a
signature story at the END of my talk that bared all. John, pointed out to me
that being the hard charging kind of public speaker that I am, that I probably
have been alienating many of the more sensitive audience members. It is likely
that my style ran over them right from the start and caused them to retreat for
cover, thus making them very distant from me emotionally. Now,
because of his astute
observation, when I'm speaking I will change the order of some of my material to
better connect with more passive audience members.
An old boy coal miner friend of mine once told me, "The schoolhouse door
is always open." John, I want to thank you for reminding me that we all can