October 31, 2007

Trick-or-treating tips

Trick-or-treating is like any other public speaking engagement. The more you engage your audience and the more value they receive, the more candy you will get. So here are my trick-or-treating tips for today:

1. Make eye contact with the person at the door. Even if one eye is covered in bloody goo, make eye contact with the other eye. Hold your head high (or, if you don't have a head, straighten your shoulders and make sure your posture is confident).

2. Project your voice. You don't want to be in the middle of "Trick or treat, smell my feet. . ." and have your candy provider say, "Could you repeat that? You're mumbling."

3. Be passionate and convincing. Tug at their heartstrings. If you were once human but are now a zombie, engage their sympathy. If you are a clown, make them laugh. If you have a hunting knife protruding from your chest, make them want to call an ambulance. More convincing = more candy.

4. Always say thank you. Without doors to knock on, there would be no trick-or-treating. Let your audience know that you appreciate their participation, especially the ones who play along by screaming and running out the back door. They always leave a big bowl of candy behind.

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