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Public speaking by a politician, a techy, a corporate honcho and a celebrity, each one is unique and inspiring. While there are ingredients unique to them individually, but there are things in common to all these orators, I wish, could change. While I may not be a celebrity orator, but I promise am a great audience. So you should give a thought to what am going to share.

“Please stop feeling superior to them, they are not inferior to you. They are you readers, not your trash bin”

This Bollywood sensation is an all in one, Band! Baja! and Baraat! (aka bells & whistles). Came in wearing a splint, perhaps after effect of an action scene. And he started! What a performer!  The audience was on a high. Suddenly something happened and we all stopped. Oh! he was trying to set himself. His next move was on the powerpoint presentation. We waited. Again he performed. And again! we went numb. Alas! everyone gave up. Where personally is intangible, powerpoints are better avoided.

Your audience is not a moron. Still in doubt, read the 1st sentence again, and again. You are an editor, how can you ridicule your audience? Please stop feeling superior to them, they are not inferior to you. They are you readers, not your trash bin. You are getting distracted. Der Fuhrer!

“You can’t bully us to give you an animated roar to your wish. Engage us and you will have it.”

Netaji! this is not your electoral campaign. Please take a look, cracking jokes on your opposition has led you to an embarrassing silence. You are a well-travelled man, tell us a story from the land. We will be happy to listen to your personal anecdote. Corporate India should not take you casually. Get serious.

Please clap! Say good morning! Please respond! and we are back to kindergarten again. I thought he was a leadership trainer & motivation expert. Sir, we are not here to entertain you. We are professionals, treat us professionally. You can’t bully us to give you an animated roar to your wish. Engage us and you will have it.

It was ten-minute for each speaker. By now he had crossed fifteen mins. Emcee was looking at him aghast! He had forgotten, it was not his AGM and most of us didn’t have shares of his company. Mr Chairman congratulations on those amazing numbers. EBEDITAs and IRRs are fine, but please ask us what we want to hear. Let’s meet backstage for a feedback session. It’s free!

Likes of Grammy, Filmfare, Ted (Forbes: Ted speaker practices 200 times) do a rehearse before the show. Do ditto for a corporate event as well. Too much! aha! ok then. Let’s keep our fingers crossed, we don’t get to hear something like this again. If we do. Then?

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