PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

I was reading a chat-group discussion that revolved around ideas for how to make sure you give a great speech or presentation.

Predictably, the most popular recommendation was: “Speak on what you are passionate about.”

I had just finished some writing on the critical importance of audience-focused speaking and found myself wondering whose passion is most important: the speaker’s or the audience’s?  Certainly, the two are not always the same.  Ask anyone in a large organization who is charged with cross-functional presentations.

As helpful as it is to tap into our own passion, our audience members will inevitably judge us based on what they care about.

It may not be as simple as: “Speak on what you are passionate about.”

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