Should a public speaker say "thank you"? (public speaking tip article)


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The rules and appropriateness of a public speaker saying "thank you" are discussed in this free article by Derek Stockley. Derek Stockley conducts public and in-house public speaking/presentation training, see: public Presentation/Public Speaking course in Melbourne or On-demand Service Explanation or for five or more to be trained, see: In-house training.

Saying "thank you" in public speaking

If you are ever required to speak in public, then you may have pondered this issue.

I often break one of the rules I was taught when I was first learning public speaking.

Many public speaking articles and courses will often state:

Never say thank you to an audience. The audience should thank you.

I am not alone, as many speakers and presenters say thank you after giving a speech or a presentation.

Why do we do it?

Often, I think it is appropriate.

I say thank you for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:

  • Appreciation for listening to my message or point of view.

  • Common courtesy

  • I think it is the right thing to do.

Reflection

What do you think?

Do you say thank you?

If you do, why?

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