First thing: I spoke THREE times in one day; I have never done that before! This was another milestone for me.
I love the University of Portland because I can deliver the same speech, varies ways, to test certain things out. But THIS time, I delivered the SAME speech, the same way, to all three groups to see if there was any variation in the way certain people view my presentation.
You would think if I didn’t do anything different, all threes groups would behave the same way. WRONG! Each of the three groups behaved differently!
To me, I was blown away. How could three groups be so different?I gauge the groups by the laugh I get at the beginning. If they don’t laugh, I know it will be a tough group.
All three group responded the same way to my questions before I ask before the speech. I thought if I started with these questions, I would urge them to listen.
I worked up to my first laugh:
I was a young, healthy, active, non-smoking, non-drinking- mostly non- drinking – normal cholesterol man,….. just like this guy! (point, Laugh)
There were no laughs! I looked at Jill, thinking I didn’t say my line write. Nope…I said it correctly! So I continued on, with maybe a chuckle or two at a few points. Then at the end, they asked a bunch of questions! Were they the same group that heard my talk?
Then I had the second group. They REALLY loved the picture! I had to wait before I could continue because they were laughing so much! When the end came, they didn’t ask ANY questions…but they stated to thank me…and we had to give another book to someone who didn’t look like she was paying attention but she was actually moved by my talk!
The third group had a few chuckles. They asked a few questions at the end. You never know what kind of impact you will have on a group until the very end of the talk, when they are leaving the room.
It must be tough being a stand up comic!