Don’t Rant while Giving a Talk

Don’t Rant

(or work out your own problems in front of audience!)

I have been present at talks when the speakers use the time for personal rants about something. If this is a political meeting, it might be appropriate but this is not always the case. If you are presenting a subject such as a hobby or a job you once did, talk about the job and, although you can mention how it is changed since you left, or perhaps you left because it has changed, do not use the talks as a platform for berating the council/government/ employer or anyone else.

A few years ago, I heard a talk that was supposed to be about the importance of forgiveness. The speaker kept on telling us how he had forgiven his father for ill-treating him and they had been reconciled. He told us this over and over again until it became quite clear that he was not being truthful. If he had forgiven his father he would not have wished to embarrass him by going around the country telling hundreds of people what he claimed his father had done, which didn’t sound too bad to me, anyway. It was not a talk to help the listeners. It was a platform for him to work out his own problems and it was obviously failing.

What was most disappointing to me was that the audience seemed to hang on his every word. I just hope those listening did not accept his attitude towards forgiveness. A powerful speaker can carry his or her audience along, as many a politician has found. 

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About Rosemary the Chickerell Chirper

I'm a private teacher of piano, guitar and music theory. I am married with two grown sons who now have families of their own. I have five granddaughters, two in NZ and three in England, including one set of twins. Ever since I was very young I have wanted to write and have had some poems and articles published but would love to complete a novel. I give talks about various things to local groups and play organ and piano at our local Methodist Chapel where I also lead the choir.
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