A Lesson Worth Sharing

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2015 12:53 Written by Pam Chambers Monday, 23 January 2012 03:25

As guest speakers, how we are introduced to our audiences is our responsibility. I learned that the hard way when I was introduced by an otherwise charming 80+ year old man as “the gal who teaches people how to talk.” Oops. I guess he forgot to bring the written introduction I had sent a couple of weeks ahead of time. Oops. I guess I forgot to bring a copy with me and hand it to him so he could read it.

95% of the time, the person who introduces me stands behind the lectern and reads the bio that can be found on my website. Obviously, I approve of the content, since I’m the one who wrote it. This approach allows me to control the reciting of my credentials, thereby establishing me as an expert in my field.

But fate (a-hem: my carelessness) once again reminded me of a lesson worth sharing: always take charge of how you are presented to your audience.

Recently I was introduced by a leader who stood in front of his people, turned to me, and asked, “What’s your name again?” “Pam Chambers, presentation coach.” “Ok, well, she’s going to help us with our presentations.”

How we set the stage largely determines our outcome. In this case, the results were mediocre.

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