Hi! And how are you all? Firstly, a Happy Chinese New Year to all my Chinese subscribers and clients. May the year of the rooster bring all of you lots of success and good health. It was a wonderful month in January. Lots of free days and I had a great time with the family during Chinese New Year. This is always a wonderful time as it is a time for quality interaction, have fun and bond into a better family team.
I read the other day about a circular sent by President Joko Widodo of Indonesia that he wants all people holding public office, to restrict their speeches at events and press conferences to just seven minutes! As President Joko says “We should not talk a lot because there is much work to be done”. He also said that he did not like long-winded speeches.
I wholeheartedly agree with this directive because like many of you, I have been through many ‘never ending’ speeches which has left me frustrated, irritated and stressed. And the people giving these long speeches have not necessarily been politicians. I have seen long speeches being given at weddings, sports events and even at company dinners. The main problem with all these long speeches is that no one bothers to listen to them!! This is amply demonstrated by the heavy chatter going on whilst the speech is being delivered. And yet the individual concerned, continues his speech, without a care in the world. Research has proven that audiences have 100% concentration for only five minutes. It drops off but remains reasonably high for the next ten minutes but after 15 minutes the drop in attention accelerates rapidly. I watched the Australian Tennis Open men’s final closing and the speeches made were only about one and a half minutes long!
I do agree however that there are people who are great at giving speeches. And people are actually entertained by their speeches. I however believe that in public speaking less is always more. Leave your audience happy by keeping to that seven minute guideline. There is a great chance then, that they will remember and be positive with your speech.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this. I do hope that all of you will have an awesome month in February. Take care.