“Grandpa, Can You Hear Me?”

During my time at the zoo, I gave more than 1,500 presentations. I have always been told that I talk fast, but since I was the person doing all of the talking, I could not understand why. After a library presentation one day, a wise librarian told me to imagine the audience is full of old people. It’s very difficult to slow down, but since I had done multiple presentations at senior facilities, I could feel that I naturally slowed down when talking to an older audience. I realized that she was right. I needed to talk to every audience the same way I would talk to my own grandfather. In paying closer attention to my speech pattern when I was around my grandpa, once again I naturally slowed down my speed of talking and I developed the method “talk to your grandpa”.

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