Candidate for N.C. Governor Pat McCrory, right, greets Art Fettig lof Hillsborough, who is an Andy Griffith look-alike.
Photo by Corey Lowenstein – firstname.lastname@example.org
Reprinted with permission from The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Recently I did a program as Almost Andy in Raleigh, NC and instead of being the after luncheon speaker I was the luncheon speaker. I was in competition with the fine food served in the Cardinal Club at the top of the Wells Fargo building. The setting was magnificent. I was thrilled to be there and after lunch they had the two gubernatorial candidates coming in to address this audience.
I have attended more functions than most folks and talking while people are eating is about as tough a role as one can get and yet, I felt fairly comfortable with this challenge and the audience was really cooperative, attentive and we had some really encouraging laughs. Now I have been a professional speaker for over forty years and I have heard some masters bomb when they tried to speak during eating time. I must admit that I took lessons from my own book titled How To Hold An Audience in the Hollow of Your Hand. I try to do seven things at the start of a presentation and if any of you are interested I will tell you more about these seven things in a future newsletter. I’m sure I have covered them in the past. They are so easy to apply that I often wonder why everyone doesn’t apply them.
I discovered them by listening to many of the very top speakers of yours and my time. What happened later that afternoon put a photo of one of the Gubernatorial candidates and I on the front page of North Carolina’s top newspaper and there were stories in most of the major newspapers in our state and on several radio shows. Let’s just say that Almost Andy had one of his more interesting adventures. You can find it at this site.