Silence and Public Speaking

by Noel
(Fort Myers, FL)

"Silence" by Fabian Nick

Q.Is there a time just to remain silent? For example, when people are filing in to hear a training presentation, is it a good idea to stand still and get focused or chat with people?

A. Good question. I'd find out what the group was like, then tailor your actions from there.

If you're talking to a group called "Introvert's Anonymous," then chances are you shouldn't try to socialize too much before the occasion.

On the other hand, if you can talk to the audience, it helps build confidence in you, paints you as a real person rather than just some guy up on the stage. But you can't be fake. Forced socializing is worse than none at all.

It also depends on you. What are you more comfortable with?

So my answer in the end? Well, it depends ;-).

What do you think? Is it generally better to chat beforehand, or just meditate silently? Leave your opinion in the comments below.

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Apr 08, 2010
pre-speech activities
by: colorcrazy

We have found that playing music/music videos before a speech/training class can relax folks, fill the silence and be a conversation starter.

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