Public Speaking Skills:
Most of us remember the soft-spoken, cigar smoking detective on the
hit TV series 'Columbo'. The show is still in reruns all over the
world and every now and then a new episode comes out. One of Detective
Columbo's trademarks is that as he would start to leave out the
door he would stop and say, "Oh. Just one more thing."
The same technique can be used as a public speaking skill by
you when your presenting (but without the cigar, it is hard to speak
while chomping). Here's how the Columbo technique works: Save one
of your really important points . . . maybe your most
important point . . . then completely leave your subject . . .only
to use the "Oh. Just one more
thing" technique and deliver your big point. The surprise of what you
deliver is part of mastering your public speaking skills.
Until you've tried this out several times, don't try to use this
technique at the end of your speech because people will start shuffling
their materials in anticipation of the talk being over. This would cause
too much distraction for the technique to have it's full effect, and
the point of these public speaking skills would be diminished.
On the other hand, you could begin by using the technique just
before a major transition in your talk. That way you will eliminate
the shuffling of papers problem noted above. When you get comfortable
with this, try this public speaking skill before a break. Play with your wording
so that you control the audience. Don't say "Well before we take a break . . . " This will start them shuffling. Say something like, "That's all on that topic . . . Oh. and one more thing" . . .
then give your main point. As you get really good at controlling the
crowd you can try this as your closing. Coming back with the main point
will be powerful and memorable with this public speaking skill.
Oh. Just one more thing . . . .only use this technique ONCE per
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