Life can be rough. We are not always in control of what is going on and things happen that we don’t want to have happen. It’s bad enough when things like this happen to us, but it’s even worse when it happens to others. As public speakers, there will be times when because of the importance of public speaking we are called upon to use our public speaking skills to deliver bad news to an audience. Once you get over your initial reaction to run away, you’re going to have to make some decisions about how you want to deliver this news.
Get Used To The News Before You Speak
What can make bad news even worse? If it affects you also. You may not agree with the message that you’ve been asked to deliver. That’s OK – it’s not up to you to understand everything that may be going on. However, you do owe your audience a fair and balanced speech.
What this means is that you are going to have to get over whatever emotions the bad news is creating inside of you. When you give your speech, you don’t want to be bringing any negative energy to the speech. If you do that, then you’ll just end up feeding any of the negative emotions that your bad news is creating in your audience.
Cut To The Chase
As public speakers, we all have our own way of writing the speeches that we’re going to give. Often we like to start with an opening, move to the middle, and the wrap things up with a strong closing. This kind of structure can cause problems when we’re delivering bad news. Our audience knows that we’re going to be delivering bad news – if we take our time getting to it, they are going to become restless.
You need to understand how your audience is feeling. They are under a great deal of stress and as they sit waiting for you to begin your speech they are on high alert to hear what the bad news is going to be. If you take too long to get to the part that they want to hear, then you will have made the anticipation even worse than the actual bad news.
It’s All In The Timing