Are You  a 3-D Speaker? – Part 3


The Environment in which you speak. This is the third dimension you need to be aware of every time you speak in public. This dimension includes the venue, any audio-visual equipment that you use, and the audience seating arrangement.


The room in which you speak can be very instrumental in determining how well your presentation goes. You will need to know the answer to several questions before you arrive. Here are a few examples:



Is the room large enough  and comfortable for the size of the audience you anticipate?

Is the set-up  of the chairs appropriate to the type of speech you will deliver?

Are there any obvious distractions in the room, such as a large window overlooking a place with lots of activity or beautiful scenery?  If so, does the window have blinds that you can close while speaking?

Is the lighting adequate?


Are there any fans or air-conditioning units that are loud and may affect the audience’s ability to hear ?


What type of  A-V equipment will be provided? And is it in good working order?


What are the demographics of your audience and are there any taboo topics you need to stay away from?


Being aware of the environment in which you will speak is critical to properly prepare and prevent a potential disaster.


There are some things you can not prepare for, such as an audience member who insists on talking  in the back during your presentation.  However, you can learn how to handle it in case it ever happens, and you can do whatever is possible to pay attention to the environment and deal with any potential problems before you speak.


Have you ever strained to read print on a powerpoint presentation because of insufficient lighting?


Or perhaps you have had a hard time hearing what the presenter was saying because he was speaking too low and did not use a mic?


If you answered yes, then you know how important it is for a speaker to be aware of the environment to ensure it adds to and does not detract from your ability to connect with your audience and inspire them to action.


To recap what you learned over the last 3 weeks:  There are 3 dimensions of every speaking opportunity. They are:


1)  What you say.

2)  How you say it.

3)  The Environment in which you speak.


Paying attention to all three dimensions will increase your odds of delivering an effective message that is both relevant and impacting. In addition, by purposefully preparing for the dimensions you will provide the best opportunity for your audience to fully experience your speech and remember it and  implement it into their life.


See you next week!


Keep letting the REAL  U…..Speak Through!

Lisa Vanderkwaak M.Sc.

Certified  World Class Speaking Coach

REAL U Institute™

“Equipping you to Communicate with Passion, Purpose and Transformational Impact”

To book Lisa to speak at your next group training or as a Keynote,  contact her at

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