15 Skills the Professional Speaker Needs to Work an Audience | Dress the part

ByBill Belew

15 Skills the Professional Speaker Needs to Work an Audience | Dress the part

Work Your Audience

Work Your Audience

Professional speakers need skills to work an audience.

Many of the 17 skills I am writing about probably come naturally to the professional. Even so, Carl Lewis had to train despite having the raw talent that he did. We need to work to really sharpen our skills.

I am a slob. Maybe by choice. But, no doubt, it comes naturally to me.

Related; 17 Skills the Professional Speaker Needs to Work and Audience | Introduction

I don’t mean I am dirty. I do mean dressing up is not something that I like to do. Suits, ties, tuxedos and such. Not my thing. I am quite happy to be living in Silicon Valley where whatever you wear is the norm. There are no expectations. Even Steve Job gave off a distinctive odor.

I’d like to think that I could walk into a room full of people in evening gowns while I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and I’d make them ALL feel uncomfortable. Naive perhaps. But I am me.

Still the effective professional speaker will dress the part. I do the suit-and-tie thing when I am on a cruise ship. But when I spoke to a bunch of nerdy web developers, I wore my work clothes – gym shoes, shorts and sweat shirt.

The Bible calls it becoming ‘all things to all people.’ It’s not losing yourself. It’s fitting in and making those around you comfortable when you are there. It’s a mark of a professional.AC

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Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

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