I'm participating in Angela DeFinis' Blog Carnival on Public Speaking and the Holidays. Head on over to check out other authors' tips and insights.
the well-rehearsed speaker kept her audience in thrall.
Her metaphors were crisp, her words well chosen,
on her the attention of the people was frozen.
The slides on the screen had been created with care;
no over-used templates or bullet points there.
She had stories and eye contact, confidence galore,
the audience loved her for she was no bore.
And when she finished there was such a clatter,
those outside the hall asked what was the matter.
It was naturally assumed the audience was napping,
but, no, behold! -- the noise was them clapping.
We then heard her say to everyone in sight,
"Happy presenting to all, and to all a good night!"
Professionally Speaking...will be on hiatus for the next two weeks, returning the week of January 4, 2010.
I wish everyone a very happy holiday season, filled with peace and joy, compassion and generosity. May your New Year be abundant with standing ovations!