PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

Some speakers worry because they are not good verbal fighters.  If an antagonist in the audience starts challenging their message, they fear they won’t be able to fight back effectively.

In fact, a speaker should not get into verbal fights.  It’s a no-win situation.  Regardless of the outcome, the speaker loses.

Obviously, if the audience member fights more effectively, the speaker loses.

But the speaker also loses if he or she verbally beats up the audience member.  The speaker looks like a bully and other audience members are troubled that one of their own was made to look bad.

Don’t worry about not being a good verbal fighter; it will just get you into trouble as a speaker.

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