I often evaluate speakers in contests. I evaluated one again last night. Great fun; great speeches!
This was a contest involving emerging professional speakers. The prize was the opportunity to speak in front of a regular association meeting of about seventy people. Last night’s audience was about forty or so. There were four judges, American Idol-style.
One speaker, who has a very compelling story as part of a speech on the importance of safety, weakened the opening by:
- coming on stage and setting up a chair and some props
- making some off-handed remarks while doing so
- “puttered around” trying to make sure everything was just Read More …