Your Next BIG Speech
As a parent, there are a number of situations that tend to be universal to all families. One such case is the time-honored tradition we call the “play date.” Specifically, the meltdown at the end of a play date. Let’s replay the scenario and see if it sounds familiar to you. You’ve spent all afternoon at your child’s friend’s house. All you want to do is go home. You’re tired. You’re hungry. You do your best to wrap things up, wind down, pack up, and go. Then, WHAM!!! the inevitable happens and the meltdown begins. Kids screaming. Toys throwing. Parents yelling. Dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria. Typically, the night ends with the parent eventually carrying out a kicking and screaming kiddo under their arm. There’s the understanding gaze back between parents, a wave goodbye, and a snarky, “Bye. We should do this again real soon.”
Believe it or not, it doesn’t have to end this way. I want to pass on one bit of advice I learned from someone early on. It was quite sage advice, really. If executed successfully, it may alleviate the inevitable tantrum. Ready? Here goes. Give a series of preemptive warnings. Make preparations before the very moment you want to leave. Then stick to the plan.
“We’re going to leave in 15 minutes.”
“We’re going to leave in 10 minutes.”
“We’re going to leave in 5 minutes.”
“Grab your stuff. We’re leaving.”
Now this doesn’t always lead to a smooth exit. But it does improve the odds. It’s about setting reasonable expectations. Then following through with them.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…