A post on Olivia Mitchell's blog, Speaking About Presenting, presents the findings of a research study done with 68 students to determine if speaking up (speaking in meetings, answering questions, etc.) enhances or detracts from others perception of you. What they found was that those who spoke up were rated most highly for such qualities as "general intelligence" as well as being "dependable and self-disciplined." Those who didn't speak up were deemed "conventional and uncreative." In addition, it didn't seem to matter what type of speaking you did, just as long as you spoke.
This is interesting, indeed. I too find that those who will engage in the conversation, whatever the topic, are those that people look to. I also know people who just like to hear themselves talk and you know that where two or more are gathered, they will be pontificating. Yet, those folks are the minority.
I agree with the basic premise of the study. Speaking up is important. Be heard. What you say doesn't have to be perfect (just look at what others around you say). Olivia gives those quiet people 5 tips to get started.
Just remember, once you've learned to speak your piece, don't hog the floor. Brevity is truly the soul of wit.
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Thanks for the useful post.
Here's a "Do" to end a presentation from my experience.
I end my presentation with an anecdote about a Zen monk giving a
100$ bill for a 5$ tea and waiting for the change in a snack bar. He
waits for fifteen minutes and summons the waiter and yells " Hey,
where's the change ?". And the waiter replies reverentially
" Master, don't you know that change must come from within ?"
I usually get uproarious laughter and then I tell them we had a lot
of fun and learnt a lot but if you don't decide internalise at least one
learning, this program will not be of any use to you.
I continue to receive feedback that this was a memorable ending.
Trainers, motivational speakers, please try this out and let me know if
it worked for you !
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experiencing the detrimental impact of additional capital volatility in
a review of bank failures. Of 8 total S corporation bank failures
since 1998, five have occurred since January 1, 2008, with three
occurring since December 1, 2008.
While it is too early to tell whether this evidence of increased
transaction activity and failures among distressed S corporations is
purely a coincidence or early indications of an emerging trend of
capital volatility for S corporation banks, this analysis prompted a
number of questions: ...