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Editor's Corner
Excerpted from the December 2008 Newsletter

Who Are You?

Have you figured out why you’re a better speaker sometimes than at others? Maybe you’re good one-on-one, or in front of people you know — or maybe in front of people you don’t know. Or maybe sometimes you’re uncomfortable at a party, or networking. Get to know yourself better.

Almost always, success or failure depends on what we’re focusing on. Worry and insecurity causes us to focus on ourselves. And anytime we filter an idea through our ego the result will be discomfort — for you and your listener(s).

So, whether it’s social, sports-related, in a business transaction, or making a speech, you’ll be much happier with the results when you focus on the idea you’re hoping to clearly express. Make them feel better about being there, get the ball in the hole, calm those rattled nerves, make your audience feel smarter. As always, it’s just never about us.

First Person

Greg Hoffman, National Field Manager, Thomson North American Legal:

“I just had a Q4 meeting where I had to deliver a presentation and it went well.

“I went over my notes from class and have the card in my wallet that you gave me summarizing the main points.

“I always try to remember:

  1. Be in the moment;
  2. Respect the audience;
  3. Stick the landing.”

Help! My Boss Took Over Again

“Dear Barb: What do you do when your boss takes over the meeting?”

Hmmm. It’s probably best to be respectful and pay attention — yes, truly pay attention. In addition, don’t give up your responsibility for running the meeting.

Don’t take the interruption personally so you can listen for the ideas being expressed. If you’re really listening (without the personal stuff), you’ll hear something you can build on and also a way to express appreciation for the input. Then you should be able to bring the meeting back on track.

Mentally maintain control of the meeting and your posture, attitude and voice will confirm that you’re the one in charge of the meeting and that you’re not disturbed by the interruption. The audience will be grateful and your boss will appreciate your poise.

Quotes to Make You a Better Speaker

“Three keys to more abundant living: caring about others, daring for others, sharing with others.” —William A. Ward

“Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.” —Melody Beattie

“There are two ways to get enough: one is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” —G.K. Chesterton

“Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.” —Kahlil Gibran

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.” —Bill Moyers

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” —Voltaire

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