SPEAKER’S IDIOSYNCRACIES AND PECULIARITIES REMEMBERED

How people present often stands the test of time for far longer than what they say. Two examples.

• I remember 20 years later, a person normally articulate who was out of depth when presenting on a particular topic. There were 224 ‘um’ type utterances offered in 20 minutes. A record on my calculation that still stands.

• A very important leader stood on a stage, also 20 plus years ago, and addressed an audience. No, I don’t remember a word of the presentation. But I remember the one hand on the hip, with a coffee cup in the other. I remember the occasional coffee sips, the strutting back and forth across the stage, the overall body language. I remember it to this day.

First impressions can be more than last impressions ; They can be everlasting.

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