Hello human beings!
When we were at school and the teacher interrogated us, we were expected to prove we knew our lesson by saying everything we were supposed to know without forgetting any detail. Most of us had never enough to say to satisfy the teacher and we often ended up struggling to scrape some extra bits of information from our deficient memories... sometimes we managed to save our grades thanks to some last minute recall...
When we speak in public we have a tendency to follow the same pattern without realising it. However this not the best practice.
I have seen many trainee speakers embarrassed because they didn't know what to say next.... after having said enough to get their point across!
On my website, among other testimonials, there is a letter of thanks, starting with the words: "I wanted to tell you that I got the job..." - I really loved receiving these words! I remember this young man very well, as we rehearsed together the questions he was likely be asked at the job interview :
Usually, he gave good , relevant answers in a few minutes, and then he slowed down, became hesitant and confusing as he was painfully trying to complete his first brilliant answers with more and more explanation. I pointed out he had better not try to say more than what he was able to say in a few minutes...
It worked; the overall impression he made was transformed!
When we speak, we should also take great care to end our talk before people feel they have had enough. We want them to want more! That's how we can make an impact. We must stop and leave before people wish we do. Thus, they will wish to know more!
By the way, this tip is also a tip that is given by dating coaches. It's completely relevant to audiences as well: Leave on a high and be remembered in that light! Or as theatre people say: "Leave them wanting more..."
You can check out details of future events on http://www.jeanmarcpierson.com/new-events/ or on Meetup. (Organic Speaking)
.......As usual, those who attend an Organic Speaking session for the first time don't pay. Those who come regularly pay £15 or £65 for five sessions or £120 for ten sessions, and each time they bring two guests, they win a free session ( the two guests don't have to come along on the same day! )
Let me tell you a secret now: on Meetup.com, Organic Speaking has the reputation of being great quality...but expensive. The reason for this is that Meetup.com is to events what the pound shop is to the High Street. When I meet people in networking events, they find I'm quite cheap... and maybe they don't take me seriously because the price is low, and as you may know, many people value things according to their price.
That's why I will double the price within a few months. However, this will not affect you: existing customers will keep enjoying the same rates for....ever! So I suggest you become an existing customer now if it's not the case yet....
Looking forward to sharing more speaking and telling adventures with you!