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February 01, 2012

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Kathy Reiffenstein

Rosie,

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

You're absolutely right -- it's a big paradigm shift for many presenters. And it does indeed put the majority of the responsibility on the presenter. Since the presenter is the one who is largely in control of the outcome, it makes sense that responsibility should go along with that control.

And you know, it can be quite freeing to give yourself permission to worry only about the audience and not yourself!

Best,
Kathy

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I am honored when someone give me gifts after a speaking engagement, I feel honored but what I consider an important gift is the time they give me during my speech...

Leon

Yes, the audience is giving YOU the gift. Their time, attention and possibly money simply requires that public speakers PERFORM in every sense of the word and not get bogged down with their own fears and sensitivities. Focusing on the audience instead of yourself (like mentioned above), is a great help with this.

Rosie H

That is a very interesting perspecive. If you shift your thinking to that, it inevitably puts a huge responsibility on you to think of the audience first (which is after all what we should always be doing), but it is so easy to become a bit wrapped up in our own feelings about presenting and lose sight of the real reason you are doing it. Thank you for a thought-provoking post.

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