Imagine for a moment that you’re sitting in the audience and someone is standing in front of you on the stage. Now this someone could be anyone. It could be a boss, junior, senior, trainer, anyone.
Are They Listening?
Now has this happened with you that when you’re sitting in the audience and someone is speaking in front of you and you are looking towards that someone even nodding your head sometimes, but not actively listening to that person, thinking about something else.
I remember asking this question to more than one lakh people by a poll.
This Is What The Poll Says
87% people said Praveen, yes, it’s very common and 13% people said, no, it’s not.
Addressing the 13%
So, let me first address 13% people who said, no, it’s not common. Understand this from this data. Next time when you are standing on the stage and when you are speaking, I’m talking about 13% people, you have to understand this around 87% people sitting in front of you, looking towards you, nodding their head might not be actively listening to you.
Addressing the 87%
And coming to this 87% people, if this is so common that when you sit in front of people, you are not actively listening. If this is so common, what is the guarantee then when next time when you are speaking in front of people and when they are looking towards you, they are listening to you.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys, and girls speaking in such a way that maximum people listen to you is a simple skill.
Public Speaking Is A Skill
You expecting going on the stage and speaking effectively, engaging the audience without learning that skill is as good as you expecting that you are entering inside the water and start swimming smoothly without learning swimming, or just sit on a cycle and start riding that cycle without learning how to cycle.
If these expectations are not fair, even that expectation on the stage is not fair.