Communication is complex, that’s no secret. Naturally, we’re going to make mistakes. One common mistake I see often is speakers focusing too much on themselves and what they want and not enough on the audience.
Great speakers focus on tailoring their message to the audience, whether it be a crowd of thousands of people listening to you deliver a keynote speech or a small intimate team of 5 people that they are trying to persuade. The goal is to be understood, to be heard by the audience, not to feed our own ego. In order to be heard we have to meet our audience where they are.
Are you focusing on your audience or is it all about you?
I want to share a quick thought with my readers. It’s important to understand the difference between education and experience. I’ve taken formal courses in public speaking, communication, and team/social dynamics. I’ve also had the opportunity to learn from experience–leading teams, delivering speeches, and interacting with individuals from all over the world. In this blog I draw on both my education and experience.
I want my readers to understand, education does not replace experience. Reading will help, but if you want to see real improvement you must “do”. You must go out and work with teams, interact with people, and work on your public speaking.
Keep that in the back of your mind as you continue to read. As always thank you for reading my blog.