Leave your habits at home!

We all have habits – they usually go with our personalities and towards making us the people all our friends and families know – but some habits are more acceptable than others when speaking in public. You do not want your audience to be distracted by your continual flicking of your hair, wiping or blowing your nose, sniffing when concentrating or always checking your watch etc. 

The most unhelpful habit a speaker can have is the one that is very common but is particularly annoying for the hard of hearing in an audience. Even those who can hear perfectly well are put off by the people who insist on holding a hand over their mouths while speaking. At a meeting I attended last week a man gave out notices threw his fingers, as if his chin was incapable of supporting itself and needed to be held quite firmly.

Don’t speak through your fingers or from behind a hand. If you have such a habit, practise doing something to stop it, such as holding your notes firmly or just holding something in the hand that usually can’t help itself. Find some way to temporarily stop your habit. It will be remembered by all those present and some might not be able to hear you. 

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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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