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Public Speaking Course: 

Lay Down the Law


In your public speaking course, you will learn that you should always communicate a clear set of ground rules to your audience right at the start of your presentation. It can be critical to the overall outcome of your presentation if you lay down the law first so the audience knows what to expect and there is no confusion later on. For instance, if you do not want to answer questions until the end of your program, state that in the beginning so your audience knows ahead of time.

If you are going to allow comments from the audience, ask that they be kept to a certain amount of time (like 30 seconds or less). Getting everyone to agree to your plan in the beginning puts enormous peer pressure on an individual violating any of the rules. Remember part of  using what you learned in your public speaking course  means you control the event and the environment to maximize the message connection with your audience.

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