Public Speaking for Introverts: Jonesing for the Zone

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Chat Them Up

Audience members often enter a venue at least 15 minutes early---and some can't live another day without talking to the speaker! So think of that hour you arrive early as more like 45 minutes to get things done before you emerge from your introvert's cocoon. Assuming you're sufficiently rested up and prepared, consider the benefits of having an offline chat or two with your participants. It can be a good way to break the ice, learn their interests and concerns, build some rapport before show time, and even provide you with some relevant information you can refer to during your talk ("I was just talking to Yolanda who shared some great news.").