Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What do you expect of a speaker?

This year my dear wife began to do some public speaking.
[Aside: I am very proud of her].
Robin was quite surprised to encounter something that I have become quite used to.
When some people attend an advertised talk they have definite expectations of what the speaker will say. Furthermore, when the speaker does not fulfil their expectations [of content and/or approach] they will not just be disappointed but sometimes complain, either to the speaker or the organisers.

This highlights to me how we have a human tendency to want our current views and beliefs affirmed, rather than being challenged. I think we should go to a talk with an open mind.

What do you think?

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