My public speaking journey began on a shaky note. I was stationed in Ft. Yukon, Alaska for 10 months at a dew line radar site. There were about 80 individuals at the isolated remote site and there was little more than tundra for hundreds of miles in all directions. Only a few villages dotted the wilderness. Personal interaction was limited to a hand full of individuals and one was seldom in a group larger than 20 at any time. When my tour of duty ended and I returned home to my family and society in the ‘lower 48’ the unexpected happened. I avoided places where people gathered and if I found my self in such a predicament, I quickly exited!
- I will respond to glitches with a positive attitude, realizing that as I respond, so will the audience respond.
- I will practice my presentations more thoroughly. I will pay particular attention to transitions and specially when using a slide presentation. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TAKE AWAY FOR ME: PRACTICE!
- I will be sure I take a strong position in the title!
- I will pay more special attention to those first moments when ‘the hush’ occurs and I have the entire audience listening.
- I will keep in mind John Medina’s finding that 10 minutes is about as long as anyone will listen attentively at one time. I will try to ‘shift gears’ every 8-10 minutes to keep the attention level up.
- I will end early as often as possible! I already try to do this but the reminder is appreciated.