Public Speaking Course:
Listen to Everyone
A great lesson I teach in my public speaking course is to make
sure you listen
to every speaker who is on before you at an event. Especially don't miss
the keynote or general session speakers. When you listen to them you are able
to add a polish to your talk and to the event as a whole by incorporating
something that was said by a previous speaker or by simply not sounding redundant on your material.
It also might save you some embarrassment.
I'll never forget several years ago I was doing a breakout session for
a big real estate company. We then went to the closing general session
an hour later and the big shot keynote speaker looked ridiculous by
using the same material I had already stated. He may have been a good speaker,
but he did not practice some of the important skills taught
in my public speaking course.
People were looking at me and winking.
There were only two back to back sessions going on and it would have
been really easy for the keynote speaker to stop by and check out my
presentation, or at least find out what I and the other breakout session
speaker were going to be talking about.
Besides listening to as many speakers as you can, where you can learn
for future events, remembering what you learned in your public
speaking course in this setting
requires you to make sure your material is really unique which will
help guard you from embarrassing situations.