Best audience does not mean that you are a silent spectator; conversely it reflects you are the most active participant member of the audience. I believe the best learning happens when you plan your participation; and absorb the learning compliant with your goal. Hence let’s analyze how do I maximize my learning during the two hours of meeting when I am not the role play?
- Reach Early: Reach early and connect with members and guests. Set your targets; what you want to achieve during your socializing; do you want opinion on Sales, new openings and so on.
- Carry a Notebook: You can depend on your memory to remember up to “7” things. But you can trust your Notebook to recall any number of learning verbatim. I carry Notebook and note down good quotes, exciting usage of words and use that in my blogs.
- Listen: This is important because when you listen, you learn and when you listen intently, you learn exponentially. Having said that decide what you want to pay attention to ? Good usage of words, humour, quotes or others? During the Burj TM club meeting SAA shared the three taboos as follows. “ You can use three topics on Sex , religion and Politics outside the club meeting”
- Observe Gestures: Observe speakers gestures that make an impression. Can you use those gestures in your next public speaking?
- Take Notes: Take notes during the meeting and begun noting down good usage of language, words or reference to books, URL and others.
- Question but in your Mind: Always questions the speaker. What if he had put a pause? What if the speaker raised the pitch? What if he avoided reference to the TMOD?
- Applaud the Speaker: Applaud the speaker. There is power in applause; it encourages the speaker and in some strange way it also puts you in receptive mode.
- Give Written Feedback: Provide written feedback to the speakers. A very essential process to hone your written feedback skills.
- Give Oral Feedback to the Speaker: Give oral feedback. It’s an excellent process to give feedback and receive instant feedback reflected in the facial gestures. Observe them closely.
- Compliment the speaker when you meet the speaker after the meeting. This is important; it motivates the speaker and also forces you to find positives to speak about.
Once a renowned author said “Do more than Belong: Participate.” Hence be the best audience, PARTICIPATE.