Quote: "Those who tell the stories rule the world” – Native American Proverb
- Toastmaster International's "90 Tips From 90 Years"
15. Keep your notes in check. If you need to use notes, be subtle and do not read your speech.
Phrases to Avoid on Stage
Assumptions may alienate audience members.
- We’ve all seen / heard / done . . .
- As you undoubtedly know . . .
- As everyone knows
You should avoid these kinds of phrases because maybe I don’t know / haven’t heard / didn’t realize. By presuming, maybe you’ve just unintentionally alienated me.
Instead of presuming, say:
- Perhaps you’ve seen …
- As you may know …
In obvious situations, we can presume that everyone in the audience knows the point we are making.
- As you know, sleep is a basic human need …
- As we know, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west …
But, if the situation is obvious, dispense with superfluous phrases. Anchor your metaphors and analogies:
- Titanic is a story about the only voyage of a fated ship . . .
- Have you ever wondered why we need to sleep every day?
-Summarized from an article in May 2017 Toastmaster magazine by blogger John Zimmer (www.mannerofspeaking.org)
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