Why…why…why?

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I believe one of the most important words a speaker should use is the word why. Whether you are looking at content, room set-up or presentation materials, asking yourself the “why” is an important part of anything you do. Forcing yourself to ask why, makes you to start review what you are doing differently.
Why this content? Why this content now? Why this content now with this audience? All of us get locked into a set pattern or behavior and we forget that there are other ways to look at things.
Sometimes by looking at your actions differently forces you to make changes that can make your presentations more powerful. You may use a particular set of materials because you are comfortable. However your materials maybe slowly going out of date. Looking at what you hand out from various angles will force you to challenge the effectiveness of what you hand out.
Again, remember asking the “why” on what you do or say, will always challenge you for the better!

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The Power of Questions!!

The power of questions!

       The power of questions!

As a speaker we sometimes forget that asking a question and pausing and waiting for an answer is more powerful than us speaking. Here are four reasons we need to build questions into our speaking repertoire:

Obtain and Clarify Information — Obtaining accurate information and a clear understand of circumstances will always save you time and help you avoid errors.

Provoke Thought – When you ask a question, pause after it, it give people time to think and be more engaged with you message.

Provide Control In A Situation – When speaking you may find yourself in adversarial position with certain audience members. Taking a moment and coming back with a well thought out question can give you control in that situation.

Promotes the Power of Persuasion — If you can determine where audience position is (through questions), you can better ask questions to provide a different perspective. In fact, your audience may persuade themselves.

To often we as speaker are telling, rather than providing what the audience really needs, figuring out what they need to do. Through the use of questions you are providing the avenue to move your audience in a more positive direction.