We’ve all heard the expression: tip of the iceberg.  According to Merriam Webster, when we say or write tip of the iceberg, it means a small part of something that is seen or known about when there is a much larger part that is not seen or known about.

So now you may be wondering what the expression tip of the iceberg has to do with public speaking.  Good question, so let’s answer it.  Too often speakers only show the tip of the iceberg when in fact their audiences are hoping the speaker will go below the tip. Here’s what that means to you.

Tip of the iceberg occurs when a speaker is:

  1. Focusing strictly on content
  2. Staying in their comfort zone
  3. Making minimal eye-contact
  4. Using little to no body language
  5.  Appearing ill at ease

Contrast this with the speaker who goes below the tip of the iceberg by:

  1.  Making the audience/listeners the priority
  2.  Appropriately stepping out of their comfort zone
  3.  Establishing eye-connection with a slightly extended gaze
  4.  Employing useful body language which helps amplify the message
  5.  Exhibiting poise and presence

Always remember that there’s only one you…which happens to be why the audience has chosen to attend.  When you go below the tip, you’re offering the audience a deeper level, one that is uniquely you. That’s what they’re seeking and what they’ll most remember.

Only one question remains…do you go below the tip?

If you’d like to discuss this topic or ask questions, I invite you to contact me now dale@profitablespeech.com or 518-664-6004.