Fast, Fast Talking Does Not Engage the Audience

“I want to engage the audience.”

Jim came to a workshop and said he wanted to be able to connect to the audience and have them make comments and ask questions. Then he gave his work presentation.

He talked very fast, never pausing between sentences. He was hard to understand as he did not say the end of many words. If someone in the class wanted to ask a question, the person would have had to interrupt Jim.

What’s wrong with this scenario? Jim never paused to give his audience time to digest what he was saying, let alone offer his audience a moment to speak. He has to slow down so his audience feels there is room to talk.

Next time you are speaking, ask yourself: “Do I give my audience silence enough so they feel they can easily ask a question or make a comment?”

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