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.
What do you think?
Do you say thank you?
If you do, why?
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