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Public Speaking: Give 'em What They Want

I have been in public speaking situations where I meticulously planned for a big event and when I showed up there were only three people in the audience. You can't just quit and walk away, but you can't work a plan for 500 on only 3 either. 

So what do you do? You turn it into a massive positive the for the three that attended. You immediately scrap your big speaking plans and tell the 3 people you will be their personal consultant for the next x hours. Then you answer their questions and make them feel like they are the only persons in the world for the entire time. 

As a professional public speaker you don't mope around crying because your product sales would suffer or because your ego is suffering. And, you should not insult a small audience by stating that you expect much more attendees.  Those "small numbers" who showed up could become your major customers.  You give it your all whether there are 3 or 3000 in the audience.

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