You’ve probably heard the saying, “meet others where they are.” The phrase is accurate, especially when it comes to public speaking. It took me a while to learn this lesson. I used to try to sound like the most intelligent person in the room to impress others. I did this because I wanted to sound like an expert. In reality, I often spoke above others’ heads, ultimately defeating the purpose of what I was there to accomplish. I wasn’t meeting the audience where they were, meaning I didn’t communicate my message in a way they could understand. It’s not about “dumbing it down.” Chances are, your audience is just as intelligent as you are. It’s about effective communication.

Next time you speak, make sure you meet your audience where they are.

Published by A.L.H.S.

I'm a young man looking to share his light with the world. I've had the opportunity to lead diverse teams of emergency responders, planners, trainers, and human resource professionals. I've previously served as President of a Toastmasters (Public Speaking) club. Fun fact, I've lived and worked in 3 different countries. My academic background is in Emergency Management and Political Science.

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