Empathy when public speaking…what is that?

By Gerald Pauschmann | Public speaking

Dec 15

EMPATHY – the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.


Looking for a way to find common ground with your audience at the beginning of a presentation? A gracious way for a conference speaker to connect with the audience is to reference another presentation within the same event. It’s so refreshing to hear a speaker say, “how many of you caught Laura’s presentation here yesterday? That got me thinking about what I’m going to talk to you about today.” This establishes the speaker as not just a presenter, but also a participant – one of the audience.


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As The Presentation Coach, Gerald has over 20 remarkable years as a professional speaker, engaging audiences with humour, controversy and plenty of ideas. Gerald has spoken to a wide variety of groups, including business, medical, academic, association, professional and corporate audiences. He’s an engaging, thought provoking speaker and storyteller. Gerald is energetic and professional. He knows how to motivate the the crowd, Quality isn’t expensive..it’s priceless!