The Power of Applause | Tammy Whitehurst


What doesn’t kill us…

will make us wish we were dead.

(Not what you thought I was going to say I bet.)

Have you ever spoken to a tough audience? Allowed something to escape from your lips on stage that you wanted to shove back in as quickly as possible? Maybe you have left feeling absolutely ridiculous because the audience did not react like you expected. 

As speakers, those times will eventually happen. It’s a reality. 

One of the top fears public speakers have is that their audience won’t like them. The thought is terrifying thinking of standing in front of a group of people who are throwing rotten tomatoes at us.

As a full time speaker, I have had tough audiences. Audiences that stared at me when I dropped the punchline and delivered a one liner I was sure would make them laugh. Audiences that seemed harder to warm up than last night’s supper and it was tougher to crack their shells than walnuts.

Yes, it happens.

Some audience members, no matter how witty and warm, how charming and funny, how dynamic and persuasive we are…will NOT like us. They might not like us because we are those things.

Here are a few tried, tested, and true ways to relate better with the audience.

  • Talk to your audience not at them. Try not to say the word YOU as if a finger is being pointed. Say the word WE and they will feel as if you have been in their shoes.
  • Relate the content of your speech to them, to their situation, their challenges and lives. Don’t just talk about yourself.
  • To prevent going down in the speaker Hall of Shame instead of the Hall of Fame, pray before your foot ever steps up to the stage. We have been called to be speakers so we must call upon the one who called us. I always ask God to add or edit the words from my mouth. It works. Try it!
  • Research the audience. Find out their ages ahead of time. This prevents generational gaps and saying things they might not understand. Make sure if it is men and women not to cross the line and say something inappropriate when both genders are present.
  • To avoid sounding boring or robotic, don’t read your presentation straight from notes. Monotone never captures an audience.
  • Show up early and do a soundcheck with the microphone. It doesn’t matter how loud you think your voice is (and trust me, I’m loud), don’t refuse the microphone.
  • Even if we do all of the things above, every single audience is not going to make us feel like we were successful. The thing to remember is that we don’t live for the applause. We live in obedience to what God has called us to do.

I end with a few personal touches that I use regularly.

  • Greet people at the door.
  • Remember names and use them from the stage.
  • Come prepared.
  • Be yourself.
  • Stay professional.
  • Look the audience in the eyes.
  • Even hug them afterward, if needed.
 Happy Speaking!

About Tammy Whitehurst

tammy-102016-1Rarely do we hear funny and message with a meaning in the same sentence, much less used to describe the same person, but Tammy Whitehurst is anything but a typical speaker. People describe her as a Hoot with a capital “H” and love the realness that she shares and her ability to connect with the heart of her audiences.
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Writing is a Process

Writing is a process.
  1. writerIf you “write hard and clear about what hurts” (Ernest Hemingway) and,
  2. “Let your words bleed, weep, and shine with life” (Reba Rambo-McGuire), then,
  3. “Reading is an immense gift, but only if the words are assimilated, taken into the soul — eaten, chewed, gnawed, received in unhurried delight.” (Eugene Petersen)
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10 Tips for Setting Your Speaking Fees


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Sticky Situations That Became Defining Moments

I was sharing with a friend recently about the call of God on my life and the purpose of my business/ministry. Some people call it their life plan, vision or destiny. I’ve known since I was 11 years old playing drums in a local gospel music band that in some capacity I wanted to help people share their messages with the world to advance the Kingdom of God. Through the years, I’ve used different words to best describe that vision. It’s taken shape through various activities on both a personal and professional level. Along the way, the core essence of that call on my life has been the same. With each step in my journey, there were defining moments that helped shape and clarify what that purpose looked like and how it manifested for each season. Continue reading

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Christian Coloring Book for Adults is Reaching Around the World!

13902636_1449234601758725_6343786810916580466_nColoring books for adults are all the rage these days. Women are getting together and having their Girls’ Night Out events centered around coloring. So when Debbie Hannah Skinner contacted me about formatting her artwork combined with scripture into a coloring book, I was totally onboard for the project! The creation of Soul Soothing Scriptures was soon born. It recently has been touching lives around the world. Suriname, South America to be exact. Continue reading

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UPDATED! Ready. Set. Book Launch!


NEW CONTENT added to the READY. SET. BOOK LAUNCH! program on the membership site.

  • Facebook – “Should I Create a Facebook Group or a Facebook Page?”
  • Social Media Graphics – “Real-World Results”
  • Author Interviews – “Create a Media Page on Your Website”
  • Inside Your Book
  • Promotional Activities
  • Press Releases


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Are you looking for dynamic guests for your radio, podcast, or TV show?

Thelma Wells, one of the original Women of Faith speakers, is re-branding herself as not only a women’s speaker, but a generational speaker.

Thelma Wells has spoken to over 5 million women throughout her career as a Christian speaker. Now, at 75 years old, she’s excited to minister to all generations. Launching her first generational conferences called, Generation Love, Wells, along with special guests, will be speaking to women and their children on God’s love through the generations and how to have unity, forgiveness and faithfulness among families.
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Avoiding All the Hoopla

Screenshot 2016-06-10 10.34.18This word came up in a conversation this week…hoopla.

The person’s response to my question was, “No, not any more. I am done with all the hoopla.”

I totally get it as I’ve seen “all the hoopla” too. Continue reading

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Control the Flow

valve-1341929_640Much like controlling the flow of water, it’s necessary to control the flow of what you give away on your website. Continue reading

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It’s time to beat the odds of getting published!

I recently saw this question posted on Facebook, “What are the odds of getting published?”

The response from a literary agent was basically to do the same old, same old. Write a great book, have it edited well, write a great proposal — and then MAYBE you’ll increase your odds of getting published. It’s sad, yet it’s unrealistic given the current opportunities in the publishing industry. Continue reading

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Do You Know the 7 Keys Words for Success?


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Need a prayer answered?

p11863079_b_h9_abGOD ANSWERS PRAYER!

Here’s what people just like you have been saying as we connected this week to do various projects together from websites, lead magnets, webinars, and more:

  • #1 – “I’ve been fasting and praying for 40 days about how to get my business going again. On day 40, you contacted me.”
  • #2 – “I’ve been silently praying about how to take my message online because I don’t know what or how to do it. And, you connected with me. You’re an answer to prayer!”
  • #3 – “I have been thinking about calling you for a couple of weeks to get my website back in shape and my blog working correctly again. Then you connected with me!”

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