Public Speaking Course:
Lay Down the Law
When taking your public speaking course, you will learn that you should always
give your audience a clear set of ground rules right at the start of your
program. It can be vitally important to the overall outcome of your
if you lay down the law first so the audience knows what to expect and
there is no confusion later on. For instance, if you do not want to answer questions until
the end of your program, state that in the beginning so your audience
knows ahead of time.
If you are going to allow comments from the audience, ask that they be kept to
a certain amount of time (like 30 seconds or less). Getting everyone
to agree to your plan up front 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.