Saturday, April 14, 2007

Situational Awareness

Situational Awareness is a buzzword in the military referring to the need to be aware of what is going on around you in the environment- other peoples' actions, words, nonverbals, and other factors such as suspicious objects, circumstances, behaviors and so on.

Some people lack situational awareness in a specific situation- presentations.


Speakers and presenters sometimes fail to recognize the interests and desires of their audience. For example, one should know if he is the last speaker before lunch or the end of the day when their audience is both captive and has been subjected to presentations that have gone on for hours. That would be a great piece of information to let one know to:

1) say what they have to say and

2) not a word more.

And once one has declared that he has nothing more to say, he should not go on for another fifteen minutes. He already told us to stop listening. I'm done now.

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