3 reasons to cut ‘thank you’ from your next speech

With all due respect to Mom and Dad, the expression of gratitude before or after your presentation just mucks it up and weakens your message. You’re welcome.

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The parental prompting to say “thank you” is a common childhood experience.

Most of us remember our parents repeating over and over: “Say, ‘thank you'”; “Don’t forget to say, ‘thank you'”; “Did you say, ‘thank you’?” It was for good reason: to teach us to be polite and express sincere and heartfelt gratitude when appropriate.

The typical error I see presenters make when saying “thank you” is to use it more as filler, something a presenter says as a default. My advice to business leaders who are about to take the main stage: When it comes to thanking, don’t do it.

Try these three approaches instead:

1. Nix saying “thank you” as your opening comment.

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