Public Speaking Skills:
When using these public speaking skills, you refer to a word or phrase
mentioned earlier in your presentation. This technique is called a 'callback'.
A Callback works well if the previous piece of material got a good laugh,
or if it received a bunch of groans. If the previous material was good,
mentioning it again will get more laughter and will make you look polished
for being able to tie the previous material to the present material,
thus showing off your good public speaking skills.
If the previous material was poor, the callback will show your willingness
to make fun of yourself, which is an admirable quality the audience
appreciates. A true professional with great public speaking skills knows
when he does well and when he doesn't. He can laugh at himself and learn
from his mistakes.
Here's how it works: Let's say you used a successful two-liner in your
presentation 'Don't rely on health books too much. You could die of
a misprint'. Later in your presentation someone might notice a misspelling
in one of your handouts or visuals. Use your public speaking skills
to then 'call back' and say, 'See, that's one of those misprints I was
telling you about earlier.'
Another thing that might happen, that is just as good, is one or more
of the audience members might make the connection and do the callback
for you. One of them may blurt out something about your health book
line. Laugh along with them, you are getting them involved and allowing
them to feel superior to you, which makes them feel like the star of
the show. Participation is part of audience attention and is the goal
of using your public speaking skills.
You could then come back to the callback with, "See, I put that there
to test you." When you really get confident with your public speaking
skills, you might actually make the misprint on purpose to set up this
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