You must find out exactly what is expected of you to accomplish during
This is a very important part of the "proper prior preparation"
you will learn of in your public speaking course.
It is best to have the specific objectives spelled out in writing.
This can be handled with a question on your pre-program questionnaire.
If you don't get this information, you are open to complaints that
you did not achieve the goals of the meeting organizers. And as you
will know from your public speaking course, if you lose your "connection" with
the meeting planners, you lose, period, because you will lose your access
to the audience for whom you work to connect, inform, entertain, educate,
P.S. Just because this is a short article doesn't mean you should ignore
it's BIG message. Ignore this point and it can mean BIG trouble for
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