When you get up to speak, people are judging you. That’s a fact that you cannot change. However, you can manipulate their perceptions and pre-decide how you want to be perceived. The problem is, you don’t have much time to do this. I say that people only need about 10 seconds of you to decide if they like you or not – 10 seconds. It hardly seems fair, but truth is, you don’t get a lot of credit with them before you earn it. So what can you do in 10 seconds that will make a huge impact. You can speak with melody and volume. You can pause at a comma. You can move your body in a way that makes them realize you are physically comfortable, and you can do at least two diaphragmatic breaths. Yes you can do all of that in about 10 seconds. Then, because you did it, people will be ready to give you a lot more time. They will be attentive and ready for you to continue with your story and presentation. So, remember, 10 seconds is all you get, make the most of it.
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