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Art of Public Speaking:

Dynamic Range

I crafted the concept of 'Dynamic Range' in the art of public speaking to improve your versatility as a business presenter, and to help you pick appropriate audiences for your skill and interest level.

(Did he say 'pick' my audiences?)

Yes, I did say pick your audiences.

Some of you may not enjoy this luxury because you must speak as part of your job to whom your bosses tell you to speak, but those of you that do pick your assignments, you will move up faster in the world of the art of public speaking.

When you are a beginning public speaker it is important for you to experience different types of audiences just FOR the experience. You will find that you enjoy certain types of audiences more than others, and certain types of audiences enjoy you more too. At this early stage, it is all part of your training in the art of public speaking.

As you climb the art of public speaking ladder where the audiences are bigger, or more important to your career; the stakes are far higher, so you must learn to just say no.

Most top art of public speaking professionals don't accept every request to speak even if they are available, and the money is right.

Why? They pick their speaking assignments to put themselves in front of audiences whose profiles indicate the greatest chance of success. They are building a reputation, and a good reputation in the art of public speaking is worth more money in the long run.

If you are a highly technical presenter, you would not want to be speaking to a widget sales group at their annual retreat. Conversely, as a really fun retreat facilitator, you would not want to be speaking to a group of radar technicians who are only interested in performance data of the latest missile protection system.

You knowledge of your own Dynamic Range when speaking in public will help you learn to pick your audiences and how in your ongoing effort to improve in your art of public speaking, to expand your abilities so you are capable of handling a wider range of audiences.

I based the concept of Dynamic Range in the art of public speaking on the same concept that is used to rate stereo equipment. Dynamic range in the electronics world means the ability to reproduce soft sounds as well as loud ones.

I have expanded on this to include several other parameters that are important to a speaker. These include:
  • Serious/Outrageous Content,
  • Slow/Fast Speed of Delivery,
  • Slurred/Articulate Diction,
  • Stationary/Animated Movement, and
  • Audience Needs.

The first step to use this system is to evaluate yourself on each parameter.

Many people have trouble with this, so as a professional in the art of public speaking it might be time to call in an objective third party like a speaking coach or other accomplished presenter to watch you present or to review several of your tapes.

What professional athlete do you know who excels without a coach? What professional in any field excels without a coach? As a professional in the art of public speaking, you too need a coach. Find one, use one (or more), learn from one by one, profit from each one.

And note, please try to avoid using friends for this initial evaluation because they will be reluctant to tell you the truth. And further, ask yourself honestly, is your friend a professional coach in the art of public speaking area you seek training?

Quick Fixes -- Here are some ways you can increase your art of public speaking range in a hurry.
  • If your material is all serious, add some that is lighthearted and vice versa.
  • If you always speak softly, speak loudly sometimes and vice versa.
  • Always work to improve your diction, but allow it to falter in front of less articulate audiences.
  • If you always stand still, move sometimes and vice versa, if you are a jitterbug, stand still.

When you have the option, pick audiences that give you the greatest chance of success.

Does an olympic runner enter every race? Or does he or she practice and prepare for the big races?

Thinking like a professional is part of the art of public speaking.
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