4 Things Every Speaker Owes their Audience

It’s a pretty regularly that I listen to other speakers.  And more often than not I’m frustrated with what I get when I offer my undivided attention to someone.  If I give up an hour of my time, here’s what I’d like in return:

Tell me something new.  Tell me a story and deliver information that I’m unlikely to get anywhere else.  Pull me in and take me along.  Keep me captivated.

Don’t read from a script.  If you are reading from your notes you either don’t know what you’re talking about or you haven’t prepared.

Don’t read from your slides.  Your slides shouldn’t be what you say but should accent what you say.  Use as few as humanly possible and share as little information as you can to make your point.

Speak from your heart.  If you don’t know what this means then perhaps you should give the mike to someone who does.

And in the end, don’t waste my time.

I think I’ll print these points and hang them over my desk.  It’s what I owe those generous enough to offer me their attention.

33 Charts Takes to the Road

Here’s where I’ll be speaking/paneling over the next few months sharing my 50,000 foot thoughts on the future of medicine and social media.  Speaking is important to me.  It’s a step beyond writing that forces me to understand what I really think.  It’s easier to hide behind a keyboard than a microphone.

If I’m in a city near you let’s see if we can catch up.

If you need a speaker please feel free to reach out.  My presentations offer a unique perspective on the intersection of social media and medicine.  Twitter MD (click for PDF) is one of my most popular programs. If you find that some of the topics or thinking that you see here at 33 charts would appeal to your group, let’s talk.  I frequently fashion custom programs.

I promise to leave your audience feeling that their registration fee was really well spent.