Have you ever been waiting your turn to speak and waited and waited and waited because the people before you, all of whom were allotted only 5 minutes have gone on and on and on…….?
Deadly Sin #5: Greed
From Andrew Dlugan sixminutes.dlugan.com
“Speaking for more than your allotted time violates the contract you have with your audience, and that’s never a good thing.”
Greed is the deadly sin of excess, and is committed by a speaker who goes over time.
Does this sound familiar?
“Oh, is that clock correct? I’m only halfway through…”
“I haven’t gotten to the good part yet…”
“Are there any objections to cutting our lunch break in half so I can finish this?”
Speaking for more than your allotted time violates the contract you have with your audience, and that’s never good. People are busy and do not appreciate having their time wasted. Nobody will complain if you finish a few minutes early.
If you go over time, negative emotions begin to fill the room, making you more susceptible to experience…
Yours to better public speaking
P.S. Toastmasters can help you become a better speaker. You can learn how to estimate the time it will take for your speech and how to cut to the chase if you have too many words for your time slot. Ask me how.