Public Speaking Course:
Lay Down the Law
In my public speaking course you will understand that its always best to give
your audience a clear set of rules before you begin your presentation. It
can be very important to the overall outcome of your performance if you lay down
the law first so there is no confusion in your audience. For instance, if you do
not want to answer questions until the end of your program, state that in the
beginning so your not interrupted during your presentation.
If you are going to let the audience ask questions throughout the
presentation, you can ask that they be kept to a certain amount of time (like 30
seconds or less). Getting everyone to agree to your plan in the beginning puts
enormous peer pressure on an individual violating any of the rules. Remember
part of using what you learned in your public speaking course means
you control the event and the environment to maximize the message connection
with your audience.