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Editor's Corner
Excerpted from the December 2006 Newsletter

Means to an End

The first mistake most people make when they think about speaking is to see it as an end, rather than a means to an end. And too often that translates into the feeling that it could be the end of your career, or the permanent end of feeling good about yourself.

It's more helpful (and effective) to look at the outcome in terms of response from the audience and what you may be able to accomplish instead of how well you're going to perform.

Could the end result be to improve someone's quality of life? Or to save them some time or confusion? Are you providing them with something they can share with others, that will make it easier for them to make a decision, or giving them reassurance the company is on the right track?

Speaking is just one tool you have for accomplishing your job, or sharing your gift. When you identify it as such you'll have better perspective, which translates into more effectively organized content and more effective delivery.

First Person

Catherine Barner, Director Of Park Projects, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy:

"Many thanks for the wonderful training and coaching you gave me last month. It really really worked!

"Last night I spoke to about 300 people in Faneuil Hall where I am pleased to say I was calm, poised, excited and able to deliver a clear message.

"Two days before, the speaker from Chicago cancelled and didn't send a replacement, so my host asked if I could deliver another presentation on a different topic. So, using your formula, I created a second talk for the evening.

"The response was fabulous. People really connected to my message. One man said I looked so natural and comfortable on the stage, and the TV news anchor, who was the MC, said I must do this all the time because I was so good.

"You know how much I dreaded having to make this speech (when I first came into your class), so thanks for helping me get over myself."

Great news: this is a real triumph, Cathie.

Do You Always Need an Opening?

"Often my speaking consists of giving an update or report. Is it always necessary to have an opening?"

Here's how I'd make my decision: Are they primed to listen from your very first word?

Remembering that the purpose of the opening and bridge is to make sure they're listening before you get to the meat of the subject should guide you to your answer. If it matters that they're listening and there's any chance they'll be distracted or have other things on their minds, start with something that catches their attention. If they're going to be focused no matter what, then don't.

Quotes to Make You a Better Speaker

“You can't base your life on other people's expectations.”

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” —Jack Penn

“Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it's strengthened by use.” —Ruth Gordon

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.” —Beverly Sills

“The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.” —Pierre Corneille

“The fool tells me his reasons: the wise man persuades me with my own.” —Aristotle

“To lose your patience is to lose the battle.” —Mohandas K. Gandhi

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