The Guru Golden Rule

Knowing when and how to challenge the status quo in your speech is important to keeping your audience engaged. This video focuses on effective strategies to challenging the status quo.


· What is the Guru Golden Rule?

· When can you use the Golden Rule?

· How can you challenge the status quo?

· Why is it important to follow the Golden Rule?

· What strategies are effective for the Golden Rule?


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The guru gold rule. What on earth is this? Well, this is a rule that will help you no matter what communication situation you’re in, but especially when you’re doing trainings, meetings, or presentations.

This rule states that every ten percent chunk of the presentation you want to challenge the status quo. Well, what’s the status quo?

For example, let’s say you’re delivering an informational speech to an audience and it’s thirty minutes long. You’re delivering this information and primarily you’re standing up and you’re lecturing to your audience. Well, every three minutes about you want to break up that status quo so maybe you ask your audience a hypothetical question. Maybe you do a big gesture. That breaks up that status quo and that monotony. Maybe you ask them to raise their hands to give some feedback or just to take a survey. Any way you can break up the status quo through about every ten percent of your presentation. That will help keep your audience engaged and focused and it will help you as a speaker gain a better feel for what your audience is thinking.

So ten percent. That’s the guru golden rule.


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