Your Next BIG Speech
If your aren’t good at public speaking, I have a little bit of advice for you. Next time you are required to speak in front of a class, I recommend presenting second or second to last. One huge benefit of the classroom setting is that to produce a successful talk all you really need to do is outperform the person before and afteryou. Want to know a dirty little secret coming from a college professor? We grade on a sliding scale based on how the students perform. We look at the best and worst presenters, the quality of their slides, etc., and then adjust everyone else’s grades to fall somewhere in the middle. Unless you know you have the best talk, you never want to be first or last. If you go first, everyone has an opportunity to outperform you, thus dropping your grade. And you don’t want to go last, because, frankly, most people are bored by that time and just want to leave, professor included. Complicating matters, if your talk sucks…woah…you will get hammered with a poor grade. However, if you slide in at #2, you know what you have to do to outperform #1 and reestablish the grade scale. You still have a relatively captive audience and, as an added bonus, you get your talk out of the way early. As for the benefits of second to last – you have a really good understanding of where you will fit in compared to all the preceding talks. That means you can set your performance accordingly. You can finish strong without being the a-hole that keeps the class late. It’s all about the psychology of the classroom presentation.
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…