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Listen to Everyone

A great lesson to learn from your public speaking course is to listen to everyone who speaks before you at an event that has more speakers than just you presenting.  In particular, don't miss the keynote or general session speakers. By doing this you are able to add a polish to your talk and to the event as a whole by incorporating something that was said or not sounding redundant on your material. This will help to build your skills for that particular presentation.

It also might save you some embarrassment.

I'll never forget many years ago I was doing a breakout session for a big real estate company. We then went to the closing general session an hour later, the big shot keynote speaker made a fool of himself by using material I had gone over already. He may have been a good speaker, but he did not practice some important speaking skills.

People were looking at me and winking.

There were only two concurrent sessions going on and it would have been really easy for the keynote speaker to stop by and check out my presentation, or at least find out what I and the other breakout session speaker were going to be talking about. 

Besides listening to as many speakers as you can, where you can learn for future events, remembering what you learned in your public speaking course in this setting requires you to make sure your material is really unique which will help guard you from embarrassing situations.


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