Public Speaking Skills:
Bribes... or, as I like to call them, 'Tips in advance' are a part of my public speaking skills.
Sometimes we must use bribes in order to get things accomplished. Does that mean I am an unethical person? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
It means I am a realist. It means that when I am 30 minutes from the beginning of a presentation and I have been trying to get a projection screen for two hours, it might be time to add some incentive to the assistants helping me.
I just consider it an investment in my image. I am the one who is going to look bad if I am not prepared to begin on time. This is just another public speaking skill that allows me to handle certain situations with more ease.
If it costs me five or ten or even twenty bucks to get some action, so what? I don't believe in penny pinching when you get in a pinch.
Am I happy about using this public speaking skill? No, I am not happy, but I am always willing to invest in excellence.
Also, I would rather lose a few bucks than get all worked up and upset before my speaking engagement.
Besides, any problems I am having are probably not the fault of the maintenance or set up person who gets the money. It makes me feel good to give them a little boost in their pay for that day.
So, have a few small bills handy before every presentation, just in case you need to get something done quickly.
Another tip for you... This also works when you have too much baggage at the curb side check in. An extra bag costs 50 bucks at the airline ticket counter, so I give the skycap 20 and save myself 30. It doesn't work every time, but most of the time it does.
Investing in excellence is great for your public speaking skills.
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