Are You Boring?
BY IAN HAWKINS
The worst sort of boring speaker is the one who doesn’t realise they are boring. So if you’ve ever worried that you might be boring, good news: merely by clicking through to read this, you have demonstrated that your affliction is redeemable. Even better, there is a really simple way of fixing things.
PUT THE AUDIENCE FIRST.
When we understand what it means to be ‘boring’ we can take steps to avoid making those mistakes:
If your content is technical, can you tell an emotional story about what it means in real life?
Can you use visual aids or props?
Are you ‘checking in’ with the audience (asking them questions, making strong eye contact)?
The most important person to reach in the audience is often the one who is the most cynical – so if you wants to improve your speaking, get honest feedback from tough cookies. You might not like what you hear, but you will appreciate it
Now, the only thing we have to do is find the boring speakers who didn’t click through and read this…
Ian Hawkins is a writer, presenter, comedian and speaker coach. He won the Bronze Award at the 2013 Toastmasters International D71 Speech Contest Final.