Should you restart your presentation for the latecomers?
It happens often. The meeting was scheduled for 9:00am. The meeting chair even waited until a few minutes after 9 to start the meeting. Then it was your turn to deliver your presentation. Several minutes after you started speaking more people wandered in and took their seats.
You are now faced with a dilemma. Should you quickly repeat or summarize what you’ve said for the late arrivals?
My answer is No. Don’t repeat yourself for the benefit of the late-arrivals. If you do, then you will be rewarding them for arriving late while punishing the others for arriving on time. The ones who arrived on time might be annoyed at you for repeating. Both groups will learn that there is no reason to arrive on time and hence will feel safe to arrive late for your next meeting or presentation.
Don’t give in to the tardy folks. It doesn’t matter what excuse they have for being late. They will always have a good one. It will almost never be their fault.
Those who arrive late miss something.
If you want people to get into the habit of showing up on time for your meetings and presentations, you should start on time.
If a person asks a question about something you covered before they arrived, mention that you talked about it earlier and would be happy to discuss it individually after the meeting. Don’t be rude to the late-arrivals and don’t be rude to the on-time folks.
The late-arrivals were rude by being late and even ruder if they expect you to waste the time of the punctual folks.
There are exceptions to this advice. If the late-arrival requesting your summary is your boss or a key decision maker – answer their questions.George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com