1 – Know who you are talking to
Can you tell when someone is speaking to you who obviously has no clue (or interest) in who you are and what interests you? I have. And in the same way, I have overlooked this at times when I meet someone or make a presentation. To correct this, I will do any of the following to get to know someone or some audience better.
– When introduced and after the name exchanges, I'll be sure my first question is about them to find out more about them.
– If the person introduces us says something about them I didn't understand, I'll quickly follow up with “Tell me more about … (what they just said)”.
– If I'm speaking to a large audience, I'll get there early enough to introduce myself to some of the early attendees and talk with them to know more about their interest in hearing me. (It also helps that I can look at them in the presentation and I fell they are someone I know.) [Read more…]