When should a speaker use their best stuff? In the beginning or at the end?

ByBill Belew

When should a speaker use their best stuff? In the beginning or at the end?

Speakers Make Impact

Speakers Make Impact

When should a speaker use their best stuff? In the beginning or at the end?

The general wisdom is that speakers on board and on land should save their best stuff for last.

When all is said and done you want your listeners in the end to:

1. be satisfied

2. have an emotional impact

3. not see the unexpected coming

4. be wide-eyed

5. say, “Wow.”

Yeah, I agree. Almost.

But, what if you never got their attention in the first place?

What if you lost your audience at the opening? Or they became disengaged part way through?

Indeed the best for last is a great way to send people out the door provided you still have them.

I think a presentation should be even-keeled throughout. The opening will have a strong call-to-attention. Points will have equal impact. And the closing will strike a similar note but one that keeps people talking.

The talk as a whole should be the speaker’s best stuff. If it is not, then sit down.

Tough to do you say? Knowing how is what separates the good from the really good, and the really good from the great.

We can teach you how to notch up your talks on a cruise ship or on land.


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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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