A conductor never finishes a symphony with, “Thank you!” Does she? That would destroy the power of the last notes! Wouldn’t it?

How does a conductor finish a symphony?

With a Grand Finale. The Grand Finale!

She let those last notes flying around the concert hall for a couple of seconds. She let the audience with the very best last sensation. She let the audience enjoy that very last moment.

And she thanks herself later after the audience applaud.

This observation made me think. Why do speakers end with, “Thank you!” then? Is the best way to end a presentation? Is that a good last impression? Are those words destroying the power of the last uplifting message? Are they necessary?

And worse! Sometimes speakers even run away from the stage immediately after saying those words. That would be disrespectful to the audience’s acknowledgment towards the speaker. Wouldn’t it?

Don’t destroy the power of your last words!

Let your last words resonate with your audience. Let them feel those last words. Let them enjoy that very last moment.

Wait, with a smile. Be grateful later. And please don’t run away from the stage immediately.

Finish your speech like a conductor would do it.

Finish with The Grand Finale!


PS. This also applies to the lousy “Thank you for your attention!” slide at the end of a presentation. That is neither a good last impression nor necessary. Is it? When in doubt read this.


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