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June 23, 2011

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Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Frederic,

Thanks for stopping by and for your insightful comments. I completely agree!

Best,
Kathy

Frederic Coia

You're right Kathy! Although first impressions can be wrong, speakers should know how to always create a good one. The audience can easily get bored. They may be impressed by a well-dressed and groomed individual. But if that individual doesn't know how to connect with the audience, the whole presentation could end on a sour note.

The first thing that a speaker should do is be on the venue earlier and check the size of the room so that he could adjust easily with the environment. And a funny or interesting opening spiel can easily catch the audience's attention and draws a positive first impression.

Kathy Reiffenstein

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your comment!

You are so right about first impressions frequently being wrong. I think, as speakers, this presents our biggest challenge -- making sure that the first impression we create is the correct one AND then making sure that we don't do anything subsequently to compromise that impression.

Audiences (and people generally) are quick to form the first impression but not so quick to change it, even in the face of additional data.

Best,
Kathy

Chris Witt

You're absolutely right about first impressions. And I agree with all of your suggestions, especially with greeting people at the door.

The problem with first impressions, unfortunately, is that they can be wrong. The house we instantly fall in love with may have rusted out pipes, a bad foundation, and a leaky roof.

The first impressions we make have to be confirmed by everything else we say and do throughout our speech.

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