Merriam-Webster’s definition of knowledge includes:
- the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gains through experience or association
- acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art or technique
- the fact or condition of being aware of something (2): the range of one’s information or understanding
- the sum of what is known: the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind
This applies to all aspects of life not just public speaking. It is expected that you are knowledgeable about the subject of your speech or presentation beyond that which is being presented to the audience. Many talks have a question and answer (Q&A) session after the talk. If knowledge is superficial it will become evident in a Q&A session.
Having broad knowledge and experience makes you an interesting person to converse with. Having deep knowledge and experience makes you an expert. Cultivate both breadth and depth of knowledge. That way you are guaranteed of being able to handle yourself at any social and professional occasion.
The next post in this series of Lessons from Behind the Lectern is L is for Lead from the Lectern
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