In Lake Tahoe after a Presentation
I spend a lot of time in airplanes. A couple of times a year something happens that makes me feel the pilot is pretty cool. Instead of staying in the cockpit, the pilot will step outside, grab a mike and introduce himself to the passengers. Sometimes they will walk down the aisle and personally say hello to some of the passengers. That always makes me feel good about the pilot. Makes me feel he’s a cool guy.
Whenever possible, a few minutes before speaking for an audience, I do the same thing. I take 3-5 minutes to walk across the tables closest to the stage and I introduce myself to the people at the tables. All I say is something like, “Hi guys, just wanted to introduce myself. I’ll be speaking for you all in a few minutes and we’re going to have a great time. Glad you’re here.”
People love it. I’m sure the feel just like I feel when a pilot personally introduces himself on a plane.
It’s huge. I get better response from the crowd. And if the audience is a tough one, I can just make eye at the people in the front row and they flash these huge smiles which energize me.
And by the way, if there is someone in the front row who does not show any emotion and has his arms crossed and a frown on his face, I pretend they are not there. I focus on my “friendlies.” Who knows? maybe he just had a big argument with his wife.
What about the lady right in the middle of the front row who can barely keep her eyes open? I don’t focus on her either. Maybe last night her baby had a high fever and she didn’t get any sleep.
So make a few friends before your presentation and don’t focus on the people who are sleeping of frowning.
Keep it simple and you’ll have more fun.