We had about 500 people in the webcast today about the new book, Confessions of a Public Speaker – as promised here are all of the questions asked in the chat room during the talk, with answers and some snarky commentary.
Here are all the questions I pulled from the chat room transcript.
Q: When you started out, did you enjoy speaking in public?
A: Definitely No. Don’t know many who would say yes. I did it because I had ideas, and worked as a leader on projects, and speaking was essential to helping those ideas and projects survive. I started to enjoy it only once I realized how much I sucked at it – then I worked to get better at it, and learned how little it took to do better than most people, and to find the challenge of it interesting. As I said in the webcast, and the book, the bar is quite low. Most people are really bad at doing this. Putting effort in shows easily.
Q: (Mary Treseler) what is your next book about?
A: That’s easy, how not to answer questions from your editor while doing a webcast :)
Q: Do you think there are big differences between face to face public speaking and online public speaking (like today’s)?
A: The core things of rhythm, being interesting, and practice are the same.