Public Speaking Training:
Give 'em What They Want
I have been in situations before where I was to speak at a big event and
showed up to only three people in the audience. In your public speaking
training you will see how to handle this type of situation gracefully. I admit that it hurts the
ego a little, but you can't just quit and walk away. Even though you obviously
can't do a presentation made for 500 audience members, you can still help the
three people who did come.
So what do you do? You immediately scrap your big speaking plans and tell the
three people who did show up that you will be their personal consultant for
entire time of your presentation.
You answer their questions and make them feel like they are important enough
to demand your complete attention. As a professional you don't break down and
cry because your book and tape sales will suffer or because your ego is
suffering. You give it your all whether there are three people in the audience
or three thousand.
Once in Washington, North Carolina on a rainy noon day church service during
Holy Week, only one person showed up for the preacher to give his sermon to, a
young boy. Years later, that boy had grown up to be movie maker Cecil B. DeMille
who produced the movie "The Ten Commandments". He said that church
service and the preacher's sermon was the most memorable speech in his life.
When you practice the skills from your public speaking training, you should try
to make a difference in the life of every one in your audience, even if there is
Always "give it everything you've got"! For the whole wide world
may be changed!