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What Happens if You Have Open Hours to Talk to Your Site Visitors?

On the 24th of December, I wrote a post "Happy holidays. Let's have a Skype chat."

It's something I'd thought about doing for a while. Hey, why don't I take open hours to chat with people, and offer my take on anything a person is interested in. I've had a few other bloggers and website runners express curiosity with how it went, hence, this post -

The Good -

I connected with a lot of interesting people. In the guidelines to that post, I wrote "I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you’re working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast" - most people did, in fact, have a couple items when they called, and we wound up covering a lot of interesting ground.

I wasn't sure how 20 minutes would work, but it worked surprisingly well. There was minimal chit-chat and how-are-ya's at the start, which is cool. I've never been a fan of smalltalk, and have always made an effort to move past it into interesting things as quickly as possible in real life.

Speech 1: A Ride Through the Rain

On a speech a week

Here it is. The icebreaker (that's what Toastmasters calls the first speech). Just two weeks prior, I had the benefit of seeing another new member give her icebreaker. It gave me some ideas. The theme of her speech was that she was a flight attendant taking her audience around to different destinations in her world. Places that she has lived. Her evaluator noted that he enjoyed the theme, and that people giving icebreakers generally did not do such a thing.

She inspired me to do something else myself.

Instead of talking about my job, then my family, then my house, then my dog, then concluding, I opted to tell a story. Two reasons. One is that in my third meeting, the president Dennis drove home the fact that telling a story is generally a good way of delivering a point, or at least of capturing the audience's attention. Second is that I thought it would just be more fun to introduce myself in this way.

My story was a flashback to something pretty mundane: commuting home by bicycle through the rain after class. It became more interesting when I eventually crashed, but I did a good job of holding the audience's attention the whole way through. Maybe I'm not doing the same here, but never mind that.

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