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Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Speed of Presenting Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the difficulties presenting on a team and today I'm going to talk about my presentation style.

I was asked this question by a police officer a month ago and a teacher last week in Vegas. The question was, "Do you always talk that fast?" I actually love getting that question because there are so many elements in play as to why I do talk fast.

In yesterday's blog I stated that, in the first race I broadcasted, I over analyzed my words and the order of play with play being who's turn it is to speak. When I analyze my words I will right away over analyze them and quickly the words become more important than their meaning. What this means is I know what to say and I know what my intended meaning is but I will over think it and become lost in perfecting how to say it.

If you have seen my presentation (by the way... I'm doing a Christmas sale right now. If you buy my presentation on DVD you get a FREE copy of my book, Finding Kansas. The link to order is on the upper right) I speak at a super fast rate. As mentioned, I do get questions on it and by keeping my speed up I don't have time to analyze what I am saying. Two days ago I gave a presentation to a training class at TouchPoint and I made it a point to slow down for 20 seconds and I stumbled upon myself. I thought about what I was saying, how I was saying it, and I began to see the class.

See the class? What does this mean? Another thing about speaking fast is that it doesn't allow me the time or mental space to process what those in the audience are doing. Just like driving a fast car, I have to put all my concentration on keep my presentation on track when I speak fast. I don't have the ability to think about if a person is looking at me or not. I don't have the ability to process if eye contact is being made. By speaking fast I eliminate all the fear of public speaking because the only thing that matters is making sure I don't lose track of what I am saying.

Thinking back on my life I can think of many times that, when I was passionate about something, my verbal speed picked up. Another thing that plays into this whole thing is that my brain often is operating at that fast of a pace. I really click when it gets into a singular pattern (perhaps this is why Kansas is so important as it aligns the entire brain on one subject because, instead of thinking about six different things such as eye contact, nods, facial expressions, time, and lights I am solely focused on delivering the information.

I'd be interested in attempting an entire presentation at a slower speed. Well, maybe not interested in doing it but interested in the results. I don't believe it would end well. Just the few moments I have done it in the past have created such a spike in social anxiety. Just writing about it has made my skin crawl because I know I would become my normal social self and over analyze everything.

In the end it's my speed that allows me to be the presenter I am. I know some people have a hard time following me and to them I apologize, but if I were to slow down there would be nothing. Speed is the only thing that supersedes my over-active brain therefore I will and have to continue on presenting at a fast clip because if I didn't there would be nothing.

1 comment:

  1. I am a fast speaker myself for the most part. However, I am capable of slowing down (I just don't do it consistently.).

    Talking very fast can make people feel anxious. On the other hand, talking too slow can make people feel sleepy. But if it's just right, people will feel at ease and relaxed while remained engaged.

    I am fortunate to know some very good public speakers in OT. So, I take note of what they are doing and try to incorporate some of what they are doing into my presentation style.

    Unfortunately, speaking at a good pace is something that has not consistently been done in my real life yet. I have the components in terms of what I might say to somebody... but my tone of voice and talking speed still need some fine tuning. For me to be successful in what I do, however, this is not optional, but mandatory!

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