Is a Glass of Rosé Appropriate?

Or maybe rose coloured glasses?

A colleague told me, “Janice you always see the positive in everything”. She admitted she didn’t. But she did admit that I make her laugh. She also told me that optimists like us live longer. Bonus!

This led me to think – is my modos operandi to make naysayers relax and see the humour in life? Perhaps cajole them into thinking about a different point of view? Where does this rosy outlook have its place in public speaking or presentations?

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~Willie Nelson

Unless the presentation is conveying tragic events that can only be alleviated with the passage of time the pink tinged slant is the way to go. This includes bringing humour into your presentation, smiling with appropriate timing, and creating a comfortable atmosphere for your audience.

To pull your presentation together, strategically outline the negative aspects and then challenge and out-shout them with positive persuasive techniques like “Agitate and Solve” or “Addressing Objections.” Brian Clark at Copyblogger explains these (and other persuasive) techniques in depth.

Audiences will sing your accolades when you leave them smiling and inspired.

Put on those pink glasses! Share your glass of rosé. And join me in raising a glass…

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Janice Tomich is the founder of Calculated Presentations, a company dedicated to bringing out speaker’s stories to influence change. Janice coaches professionals, entrepreneurs, TED and TEDx speakers. She is a champion for equal representation by a diverse pool of presenters for all speaking events. Follow Janice on Twitter @janicetomich, on Facebook, on LinkedIn and subscribe for newsletter updates.

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