Print Page  |  Contact Us  |  Your Cart  |  Sign In  |  Join IMC USA
Daily Tips for Consultants
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   


View all (805) posts »

#187: Are You a Speaker or Teacher

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Why is speaking in front of a auditorium full of people full of anxiety but in a seminar room not so much?

Speaking in front of a group can often result in the calmest of people experiencing anxiety, nervousness and fear. Teachers, on the other hand, rarely describe experiencing the same apprehension.

Although there are some differences between speakers and teachers, there are many similarities. Regardless of whether you are teaching or speaking, you are, in fact, communicating - using your voice, body and, in some cases, audio/visual material. Although public speaking often features less direct interaction with the audience, the goal for both is fairly similar: sharing information with your audience and have it resonate with them.

Tip: Consider your next speech as a teaching opportunity. Make the "mental" shift, take the pressure off of yourself (and how you are going to appear to your audience) and place it firmly on meeting your audience's need to understand, appreciate, and learn from the information you want to provide to them. You'll get the message across better and the audience will be more at ease listening.

© 2009 Institute of Management Consultants USA

Tags:  facilitation  meeting preparation  presentations  teaching 

Share |
Permalink | Comments (1)

Comments on this post...

David T. Norman CMC-A says...
Posted Thursday, December 3, 2009
Interesting comment, Mark. It's interesting in that I got into teaching, mostly, because I wanted to become more comfortable speaking to groups, figuring the more you do it (preparation, speaking, answering questions, etc.) the more comfortable would become. After 20 years of teaching adults at the University level, I can certainly say the learning experience has been successful in lower levels of propagating 'butterflies.' They, the butterflies, will always be there (and they should be in order to keep you sharp) but they produce less 'noise.'

BTW, the other major benefits of teaching include (1) learning something new periodically, and (2) 'giving back' to the community.


Thanks, Mark.
Permalink to this Comment }

Community Search
Sign In

IMC USA Calendar

MMC: Client Relations & Marketing

MMC: Client Relations & Marketing

IMC SoCal Summer Social

Message from the Chair