When I stepped into the auditorium yesterday, the enthusiastic mood of the audience filled the air. Indeed, they were present to learn and acquire the art of public speaking. The fervor to learn was undeniable. You will be inspired by their passion and touched by their willingness to improve.
As I presented my workshop on “Table Topics Triumph”, I could see all of the participants gripping on to their pens, ready to note down the various pointers that I would cover. When I asked for their suggestions for table topics, the willing hands would raise up. We were never short of ideas when it came to topics. I liked that.
Most of all, I take honor in having the privilege to contribute my knowledge, expertise and services to the participants. I appreciate them coming forth with enquiries and their answers to my questions. This is what sharing is all about. We grow together.
Adding on, there are important things that can further help you if being excellent in Table Topics is your aim:
1. The audience is smart. Never underestimate the people you are addressing nor look down on them. Treat them with worth and respect.
2. Remember to answer the question. Instead of getting too carried away with your opinions, get back to attention to the topic eventually.
3. Ensure that there is a logical flow to your speech. In the midst of time pressure, it’s easy to be way too scattered with your speech. Keep it flowing smoothly.
4. Avoid the dreaded awkward introduction where the audience knows that you are unsure. This usually serves as a major obstacle to an otherwise great speech. Stand your ground on this.
5. Use the stage positions to display compare and contrast if required in your speech. This will enable your audience to differentiate your points within a very short time in a quick duration of your speech.
6. Let the topic drive your speech and its content. In this way, your entire speech will come across as more coherent and answering to the topic.
7. Know that there are always multiple angles to approach the topics. Short of being too absolute, topics can truly be answered from more than one methodology. Work on showing your perspectives of the topic, allowing it to make sense with the audience.
At the end of it all, it’s ultimately your show. To put up a positive display of your speaking prowess, correct and constant practice is essential.
Here are my best wishes. May your speeches always Excel Beyond Excellence!