My youngest son is starting school this fall, and the other day all the parents were invited to listen to both the principal and the teacher who introduced us to all the news and procedures to come.
Once seated, a teacher starts up, high spirited in her way with a very fast voice and a complete lack of breaks – in other words, she didn’t create the world’s best conditions for herself. What really made her fail was that she threw herself into logos, facts, figures and even more facts.
Fortunately, she left the word to the principal who calmly took the stage and began by highlighting the parent’s unwavering important role for our children, and for our interest to find ourselves there we gave ourselves a round of applause. The atmosphere was flying to the ceiling after that and the interest was high.
The big difference I noted in these two performances is the “respect section\”, which often comes directly in the beginning of a presentation, and is immensely important to how sympathetic the audience is to you as a presenter or speaker. But beware of faking the section of respect; praise without feeling and credibility will sink yourself lower than the floor.
Tips on good “respect sections\”
- Praise the audience on their decision to want to learn more about what you are about to tell
- Praise them for having taken the time to get to your presentation
- Praise them for something they have done that you are genuinely happy over or interested in
- Praise them for the organization they represent
- Praise whatever you want, you can be as creative as you want as long as it comes from the heart
Thanks for the time you took to read this. You are now even wiser than you were before!