The Florida Bar

OCTOBER’S MONTHLY SPEAKING TIP

October 11, 2019

Serve the Audience

When you’re preparing to take the stage, it’s easy to focus on yourself. Will I say the right thing? Will I be funny? Will the audience like me? Did I pick the right color dress? Instead of hyper-focusing on your own performance, ask yourself: How can I be of service to the audience? What value do I have to bring? 

Jeena Cho, a San Francisco Bankruptcy attorney and author, says before she takes the stage, she’ll often do a short meditation (or she supposes that some people would call it a prayer), where she asks for the following:

  • That what I have to say be of benefit and of value.
  • I speak from a place of honesty and authenticity.
  • I be of service to the audience.

See some of the other public speaking tips that Cho shares.