Dynamic Range to Increase Your Speaking Versatility
invented the concept of Dynamic Range in public speaking to help you improve
your versatility as a business presenter, and to help you pick appropriate
audiences for your skill and interest level (Did he say "pick"
my audiences?). Yes, I did say pick your audiences.
Most top public speakers don't accept every request to speak even if they are available, and the money is right. They pick their speaking engagements to put themselves in front of audiences whose profiles indicate the greatest chance of success. If you are a highly technical presenter, you would not want to be speaking to a widget sales group at their annual retreat. Conversely, as a really fun retreat facilitator, you would not want to be speaking to a group of radar technicians who are only interested in performance data of the latest missile protection system.
You knowledge of your own Dynamic Range, when speaking in public, will help you learn to pick your audiences and how to expand your abilities so you are capable of handling a wider range of audiences.
I based the concept of Dynamic Range in public speaking on the same concept that is used to rate stereo equipment. Dynamic range in the electronics world means the ability to reproduce soft sounds as well as loud ones. I have expanded on this to include several other parameters that are important to a speaker. These include:
The first step to use this system is to evaluate yourself on each parameter. Many people have trouble with this, so it might be time to call in an objective third party like a coach or other accomplished presenter to watch you present or to review several of your tapes. Try to avoid using friends for this initial evaluation because they will be reluctant to tell you the truth.
Quick Fixes. Here are some ways you can increase your range in a hurry:
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