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Vulnerability

I picked up some more tips for my public speaking course, recently, while I was standing around talking to other presenters at the National Speakers Association convention.

A professional speaker named John Meluso, spent some time watching me and noted that I was not showing the audience any vulnerability near the start of my program.

I would roll along in my usual style and then give a signature story at the END of my talk that showed my sensitive humorous style. John, pointed out to me that being the kind of public speaker that I am,  I have probably been alienating many of the sensitive audience members. Once alienated, those members don't hear you anymore.

It is likely that right from the start my stage persona ran right over them, causing them to retreat for cover and making them retreat emotionally.

Because of John's astute observation, when I'm speaking I will change the order of some of my material to better connect with more subdued audience members.

Having grown up not far from Pittsburgh in Washington, Pennsylvania, and having my brains battered playing lineman in football at school at West Virginia U, I can still recall how an old boy coal miner friend of mine once told me, 'The schoolhouse door is always open.'

The vulnerability is to admit that not always can we say "Our minds be always open".

John, I want to thank you for reminding me that as we master all we learned from our public speaking course, always and in all ways, we all can get better and improve our skills.

 
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