Milk The Moment – Public Speaking Advice

If you ever give presentations or speeches – I want you to pay close attention to this post.

One of the things that I am constantly telling speakers and presenters is to focus on connection rather than perfection.

When you focus on connection with your audience – the little imperfections are overlooked and your message is well received.

The problem with focusing on perfection is that it is all about you.
-I hope I remember the script
-I hope I don’t mess up
-I hope I don’t stutter or get tongue tied

Our focus should be on our audience. Trying to connect.

One of the biggest ways that speakers mess this up is that they are so focused on perfection that they never veer off script and show a human side. They often miss opportunities to “Milk The Moment”.

During presentations moments present themselves that can add humor or context to the speech. Maybe it is an interaction with the audience or when something funny happens during the speech. If you are focused on connection – you can take advantage of those moments and milk them for all they are worth, but if you are focused on connection, you will probably miss them.

To illustrate my point – I want you to watch this video of John Maxwell. This is during a presentation and John veers off script and milks a moment that makes a memorable connection with the audience.

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