Check back regularly to see any new developments and click on the picture below to listen to a song in English. Some see it as optimistic and others as pessimistic – doesn’t that sum people up quite well?
…but they will never forget how you made them feel.
What you say is important, but don’t underestimate how you say it as well.
It doesn’t matter if you know your subject inside out and can quote every fact and figure. If the goal is to engage people, provide them with knowledge and ensure they remember it, then simply telling them is insufficient. In fact, even if you are not providing key data and only speaking to them in quite broad terms, it is still not enough to just talk.
You have to think about your audience, think about your topic and then think about your delivery. If the message is sombre or sad, then adjust your voice and mannerisms accordingly, if the message is upbeat and happy, then raise your game to match the theme with your enthusiasm and passion.
Consider what you want to provide your audience with and what you want them to take away from the presentation or speech. That doesn’t just mean raw data – how do you want them to feel?
Click on the image below to watch someone speaking with passion. Did you smile?
If what you do makes people feel positive and happy, does that not have a value in itself? Of course, if one of the effects of this is that people then buy your product or service, then that is probably even better.
It can be the little things that count, things that might not be essential, but just make life a tiny bit better.
Click on the image below to watch a video that went viral. It has been viewed around 47 million times (roughly the population of Spain).
And in Bristol we can now say ‘hello lamp post’ (not a new development for some people).
Here in the city there is the opportunity to speak to lamp posts, letter boxes, benches, etc. If it sounds strange, that’s because it is, but at the same time it is interesting and using technology in a way that has the ability to engage people.
Click on the image below to find out more and what question would you ask a rubbish bin? Perhaps our students will go out and talk to their environment while they are here to bring an international perspective to this project.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
Being perfect doesn’t work – in fact it is irritating. Indeed research suggests that showing you can make mistakes and admit to them will actually get a positive reaction. However, this does rely on you being a) likeable and b) the mistake not being too serious.
If you have those two elements, then admitting to an error can gain you supporters and make you even more popular. However, if you are not liked, then this admission will make you even less popular and obviously the faux pas or blunder should not be serious or bring into question your overall competence. Nobody wants to hear a surgeon saying how he always gets the first incision wrong, for example.
Once you accept the fact that you’re not perfect, then you develop some confidence. ~Rosalynn Carter
Finally today, click on the symbolic banana skin below to listen to an excerpt from a Yale lecture that talks about the pratfall. Do you have a personal pratfall to recount when people accuse you of being too perfect?