The key to delivering a successful speech or workshop involves more than just content. Presentation is vital. But any professional communicator knows there are a myriad of external factors that affect you and the audience’s ability to engage with you: lighting, room layout, ambient noise, time of day, and more.
In today’s episode, I outline 5 things I do to manage these external factors so I can serve my audience in the best way possible:
- Survey the room
- Sit in the worst seat in the room
- Optimize my slides
- Set the rules of engagement
- Wear the right clothes
You can also see a real-world walkthrough of how I did this before speaking at Ernie Svenson’s Small Firm Bootcamp in New Orleans:
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