Method - time

A rushed presentation is never as good as one in which a speaker, or performer, takes time to engage with their audience.

The first principle of communication is receiving – whether that is in a one-to-one meeting, or in front of a large audience. To be receptive takes time. Therefore, real, significant, and authentic communication cannot be rushed. Remember, your audience is always a good four, or five, seconds behind you and needs time to catch up!

While the most confident speakers or performers take their time in front of an audience - thereby putting their audience at ease - others very rarely enjoy the experience. They get nervous. And nerves make them rush, gabble, stumble, or mumble. They feel they have to race to fill their allotted time, instead of being truly present – which is, of course, where we all really are! If only they could learn to know and enjoy this. You may well recognize yourself in one of these categories. Some people just can’t wait to get their speech, presentation, audition, or interview over with and to get off and out of the ‘spotlight’. Is it any wonder that very few succeed? To take your time is to send a clear signal that you are at ease and in command of the situation. And, by taking your time before and during your meeting, you also give clear signals to yourself to breathe, receive, stand, or sit appropriately.

In doing so, you create in yourself and others an open condition for positive exchange and a fruitful outcome.

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