An article I wrote got published in last month's Speaker Magazine that goes out to all members of associations run by the Global Speakers Federation around the world. I've put it up linking back to the magazine on HERE.
I tried to focus on key myths that I've heard go around teachers and speakers, breaking myths like...
- You have to be young to engage youth.
- You need to be cool.
- Textbook content is good.
- I’m an adult, so young people need to hear my funny stories about my life.
- You must be inspiring and positive.
What's been amazing is getting gazillions of e-mails and calls since the article came out, from people wanting to know more tips, more insights into how to engage us, young people as an audience.
So I'm here to get your feedback...what other myths should we bust?
What advice would you give an older speaker who completely missed the target of engaging an audience you were part of?
What tips can you share, perhaps even from your experiences?