Sunday, April 4, 2010

Seeking your advice

On Wednesday I have my first-ever speaking engagement lined up.  It's an informal gathering of disability-awareness educators.  I think I have an entire freaking hour.  What should I talk about?  What would be useful for that audience?


  1. Just let it happen. Have a loosely-structured idea of what you want to say, rather'n a formal speech. You will find that during pauses, folks will wanna ask questions, and that will keep the flow going.
    Wishing you all the best, please let us know how it went?

  2. Meredith,
    You already have a good outline with your autism awareness post. In addition prepare to tell some stories to give a personal perspective. An hour presentation is easier than ten minutes because you don't have to condense your message. Once the audience is engaged and asks a few questions the hour will fly by.

  3. You could also find out from Danny if there is an LCD projector available for your use. A powerpoint showing pictures of Ryan doing absolutely normal things in between the not-typical would be very instructive. You wouldn't need text. Just some well selected pictures.

  4. When I do speaking engagements, I have a certain set that I always do:
    1. Introduce yourself
    2. Share a SHORT personal story - builds trust
    3. "Burning Questions" I always ask the audience if they came with any "burning questions" somthing that they feel they want to know or talk about before the day is out.
    4. Share what you know. Don't worry about the audience and what they want.
    5. Towards the end - you can review the questions.

    You do great! Want any help. Call me! I'm a seasoned speaker! Remember not uhm, likes and you knows. Just use silence while you think and speak. It'll be great!


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