SPEAKING OF….I have delivered 4 speeches in the past month. I will deliver another speech in two weeks and wanted the share the experiences with you. The audiences vary from 25 to 400 people. SPEAKING OF…..audiences, do you think they have personalities? They actually do. Some are enthusiastic, some are cautious, some are hesitant and some are just plain old fabulous. All 4 speeches have had audiences that were fabulous. I’ve always said that speakers learn as much from their audiences as the audiences learn from them. Here’s what I learned…. my 400 audience was passionate about being a voice for mental health. They were a team before I began teaching them about teams and how they perform. They taught me that the topic of Mental Health was an important conversation, they taught me that it affects all of us, and they taught me that their dedication to the people and the topic was admirable.20110802_008

Here’s what I learned from the small group of faithful church leaders; they taught me that the topic of faithful service was an important conversation, they taught me that faith is a universal language and they taught me that their dedication to the people they serve was admirable.

So, what did I teach them….The mental health group learned about teams

TEAMS – need dedication and commitment, they value respect, they learn to work with people who are different than they are, they understand sportsmanship, they have endurance and perseverance and they learn to accept criticism.

So, what did I teach the church leaders they learned about speaking in public ….

SPEAKERS – Delivering a speech is a performance, always make eye contact with your audience, move out from behind the podium, tell compelling stories, vary your pitch and speak about what you know and what you care about.

Whether it be team building or learning how to deliver a speech, audiences vary in personalities, they can make or break your speech if you are not prepared properly. They hold the key to your success because they decide if you are good, they decided if you have meaningful content and they decide whether to follow you or not. When planning to speak, always find out the audience dynamics and always plan your speech around the demographics of the group.

SPEAKING OF…..speaking in public….. it might be the number #1 fear of most Americans but if you do it and if you are good at it, you will love it. You may even see a new career in your future!

Carol is a Motivational Speaker, Executive Coach, Fundraising Strategist, Social Media Quarterback and Small Business Advisor. She is Lehigh Valley’s sought after consultant who assists organizations with results driven growth. Her strategies can be easily adapted to a for profit or non-profit environment. Carol specializes in high impact leadership, million dollar fundraising, smash the box marketing, and creating word of mouth epidemics for her clients. Visit Carol’s website at www.caroltalks.com and “LIKE” Carol at Caroltalks on Facebook. Carol S. Ritter, Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia and past board chair for St. Luke’s University Hospital Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice.

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