Time…you can’t stop it, it won’t be rushed and must be respected!
Have you noticed how the subject of time is the focus of so many aspects of our lives?
We are governed by time…from going about your life to accomplishing goals & tasks to the amount necessary to satisfy dreams & hopes.
As a speaker, you have an opportunity to capture the attention of your listeners and touch their lives with inspiration and information. No doubt, you must do this task in a specific period of time.
As the amazing speaker you are, you accept this opportunity to share your message in a timely fashion.
Now, here is the speaker tip: Make friends with the timekeeper!
As the amazing and passionate speaker you are, you want to be able to give your audience your full attention. You intend to deliver your compelling message with dynamic delivery in the time you have been assigned by the event organizers. You do not want to be cut short before you’ve shared what you came to share. By making friends with the timekeeper, you will know where to look for the cues of exactly how much time you have left. (Also, verify that what your presentation time matches the agenda!) And you will have a friend in the audience helping you to give a fabulous presentation.
I recently attended Julia Glyde’s Ladies Speaker Extravaganza Mixer event and was happy to help Julia as her timekeeper. I sat in the front row and everyone on stage knew who I was and what my job was. They watched me because I was their friend helping them with their presentation!
Every event has to have an agenda/schedule so that the organizers as well as the attendees know what to expect.
Time does march on despite our best efforts. When it’s your turn to be the speaker, make sure time and the timekeeper are on your side!