Posted on Apr 6, 2017
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SSgt Chief Executive Officer (Ceo)
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SGT (Join to see) Great question. I chose the options are too generic. However, I also think the answer could be "yes" and/or "no." It depends entirely on the speaker.

To be an effective public speaker, you have to know your audience at some level on how best to communicate to that audience. A public speaker can adapt on a dime if needed to the "tone or feel of their audience."

Granted that a military audience and a civilian audience from a "personality standpoint" could be and usually are very different. I have noticed that when I have spoken in front of both. They use different languages, thus if you know the language of either in this case, you can be effective with both options listed here.

However, if a speaker does not know their audience or their language, then communication may be rather difficult to deliver the message the speaker is attempting to convey.

Thanks for posting the poll. Enjoy your day.
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SGT (Join to see) In the military, I was more instructional than in civilian life. In the civilian world, I was much more polished after years of presentations. In either case, you have to capture your audiences attention and keep it. Practice, practice, and more practice.
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CPT Jack Durish
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Tell them what you're going to tell'em, tell'em, tell 'em what you told them. Works anywhere, anytime
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COL Jon Thompson
COL Jon Thompson
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I have been teaching freshman ROTC cadet on communications and I could not remember this off the top of my head when I was covering the Army Writing style and the importance of putting the Bottom Line Up Front. I will use this in my next class.
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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COL Jon Thompson - Day one topic in every instructor training class I ever took in the Air Force.
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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True story: as you say this was ingrained during my 25 years in the military, so when I had to give my first speech in civilian life it was how I structured my presentation. My boss who had seen my preps commented on the interesting style. However it was when the company CEO came to me after the presentation and praised me for how I presented the topic that I realized perhaps this isn't how they normally give speeches or classes in the civilian world. For good or bad, after this I was often tasked to help new employees prepare presentations.
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