7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Keeping audience attention is more important and more difficult than grabbing audience attention. A reader emailed me: “What can I do to keep the audience’s attention through the whole of my presentation. Talk about something your audience is interested in.

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10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present

Duarte Blog

Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. All this to say that audience participation isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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Famous Speech Friday: Angela Merkel's 2009 U.S. Congress speech

The Eloquent Woman

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2009 speech before both houses of the U.S. But for the rest of us, translations might be one possible way to publish your talk so that it reaches its largest potential audience. Consider how you'll connect with a diverse audience.

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Why most attempts at audience participation fail and what to do about it

Speaking about Presenting

Yesterday I had a skype conversation with Twitter follower Todd (@TJList) on how to include audience participation in a presentation. He’s presenting on getting through the economic downturn to an audience of small business owners. Audience participation is hard to get right.

Receive Your Audience to Read Your Audience |

Speaking Freely

10 tools for presenting with Twitter

Speaking about Presenting

Presenting while people are tweeting is challenging – but also adds a new dimension to the presentation experience for your audience. But you can take Twitter breaks – where your audience can tweet and you can read the Twitterstream for realtime feedback.

How To Talk To Terrorists…

Matt Eventoff

Audience - While he was addressing the terrorists, Qureshi was well aware that his audience for this was global, and he made the most of the opportunity. “People who are carrying out such heinous crimes, they want to shake our resolve. And I want to address them.

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My training webinar: Present interactively-your audience expects it!

PowerPoint Tips

How to create a menu-based presentation that lets the audience control the direction of the presentation. Today I conducted a training webinar on presenting interactively. I loved the topic and enjoyed myself quite a bit!

Present interactively: Your audience expects it!

PowerPoint Tips

My training webinar, “ Present interactively—Your audience expects it!&# was well received and you can now purchase the recording. In fact, the Training Manager of a state teacher’s union hired me to give this webinar, slightly customized, for employees. That too was well received. Learn more about what I covered during the webinar and what participants said

Making presentations in the TED style

Presentation Zen

TEDx Tokyo 2009 In less than two weeks TEDx Tokyo will have its unveiling. Using a prepared script from the lectern (with slides/video) Sylvia Earle (TED Prize winner 2009). Presenting in a way that makes an amazing connection with the audience Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight.

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How to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation

Speaking about Presenting

But we, the audience were fine – it gave us more time to look without having to process words at the same time. Photo by Olly Barrett. This week I went to my first Pecha Kucha night in Wellington, New Zealand.

How to present with Twitter and other backchannels

Speaking about Presenting

With steps to take before, during and after your presentation, Mitchell creates a useful path that underscores what it takes to effectively engage a live (and remote) audience today. How to use Twitter and other backchannels to encourage audience participation. His book “ The backchannel: How audiences are using Twitter and social media and changing presentations forever&# is being released on 30 November and is available to preorder on Amazon now.

The Truth About Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

Make no mistake, having something meaningful for the audience – a message – is crucial. With regard to style, when speaking before an audience– either before your Rotary Club or on CBS – one size does not fit all! There is a saying in boxing that holds true for public speaking – “Styles Make Fights.” Styles also make presentations, speeches and media appearances – every person is unique and every person has a unique style, something that works for them. .

Insights from Audiences: Results of the 2013 Annoying PowerPoint survey

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

I recently wrapped up my latest survey of audience members on what annoys them about PowerPoint presentations. in 2009, to 19.7% In the survey I give people a choice of twelve things that can annoy an audience member about a PowerPoint presentation and ask them to select the top three.

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The President, Public Speaking, Presence, and uhhh….

Matt Eventoff

If you present, you owe it to your audience and yourself to pause more. President Obama’s Press Conference has just concluded and a lot of questions have been asked and answered. There are a number of public speaking and communications lessons that can be learned from watching both the President and those questioning him. Among the lessons is one that every corporate, non profit and political leader can, and should, implement immediately. The President is a talented communicator.

Message Development 101

Matt Eventoff

Who is my/our audience?). every American is the audience (Who cares?); Developing and communicating an effective message is not easy. That being said, I have always found three questions to be extremely useful in the identification and development of a message: 1. What am I/are we trying to accomplish? Who cares? Why should they/do they care?

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You don't hate public speaking. You're doing it right now.

Speak Schmeak

The audience won't judge you any more than your friends will. In fact, the audience will be a lot nicer about it than your friends! There's no way to escape it, so be who you are, face your audience with confidence and let go of the concern for what people think of you.

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Prompt Your Audience to Respond: Ask Questions!

DeFinis Communications

We’ve all seen speakers who seem to know exactly how to get an audience energized. These speakers have an effortless, intuitive sense that enables them to keep a connection with any audience. And they often use powerful questioning techniques to help them prompt audience involvement. . Let’s look at the direct and rhetorical question to see how these tools can help you keep your audience engaged. . It is an important tool for keeping the audience engaged. .

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11 Public Speaking Lessons from an Eleven Year Old

Matt Eventoff

From beginning to end he stays on message, there is no confusion, no getting “lost in the weeds&# or off message, and no question as to what action he wants his audience to take.

Presentation Zen: 10 Tips on how to think like a designer

Presentation Zen

The goal of this activity is to get people thinking about thinking about design, something most of us never do (it also gets people in the audience talking, loosening up a bit; always a good thing). This is not about you, it's about them (your audience, customer, patient, student, etc.).

How to give a great ignite talk

Speaker Confessions

Time will get eaten by the audience laughing, by any ad-libs you do, etc. There’s this popular format for public speaking called Ignite - It’s an evening of short talks with some special rules.

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How Do You Choose a Speaking Coach?

Speak and Deliver

Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Monday, September 21, 2009 Labels: Experience , Fees , Skype , Speaking Coach , Testimonials On Friday, I talked about the pros and cons of joining Toastmasters vs. hiring a Speech Coach. Get your audience Laughing - and Learning!

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How to Successfully Moderate a Conference Panel, A Comprehensive Guide " Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing


Yesterday, I heard that one nervous moderator asked the panelists to introduce themselves (which was his job), then went directly to Q&A, providing little structured value to the audience. How to Successfully Moderate a Conference Panel: Objectives and Ideology Think of the audience as your customers Treat the audience like your customers, they’ve paid with money and time to come to your panel. Summarize long winded questions from the audience.

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Web Ink Now: Top ten tips for incredibly successful public speaking


I see many speakers "wing it" and it makes me feel sorry for the audience. Its fascinating to see an audience sit up and pay attention when you start to tell a story on the stage. A speech is not about you; it is about your audience. And your audience will always react to your body language instead of your words. Photo of me presenting in Istanbul, Turkey on February 25, 2009 courtesy MediaCat. Posted by: Russ Boles | March 16, 2009 at 08:45 AM Having read L.

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Deliver a Presentation like Steve Jobs - BusinessWeek


A 10-part framework you can use to wow your own audience By Carmine Gallo Story Tools post a comment e-mail this story print this story order a reprint suggest a story digg this save to del.icio.us I analyzed his latest presentation and extracted the 10 elements that you can combine to dazzle your own audience. Remember, your audience wants to be wowed, not put to sleep. If you are not enthusiastic about your own products or services, how do you expect your audience to be?

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Should you display the live twitter stream on a large screen?

Speaking about Presenting

Now the question is: should you display a live twitter stream on a large screen so that everyone (not just the tweeters) in the audience can see it? At the Travolution Summit 2009 , 200 of the 1,150 tweets using the #travsummit hashtag were after the event.

How to Start Speaking at Events | chrisbrogan.com


Before I stepped on stage (in this case, it’s BarCamp, so the barrier to speaking is pretty low), I looked for support about the blog post, to see if it fit my potential audience. What was missing from it, for me, was being able to connect and react with the audience.

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Make a Presentation Like Al Gore - Wired How-To Wiki


Know Your Audience Determining what your audience needs from you and what you need them to do should influence all design decisions. A slide show’s impact is only as powerful as the skills of the presenter and how deeply the message resonates with the audience.

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5 ways to tweet like you mean it

Speak Schmeak

An audience member raises her hand to ask a question. Download audio here. Twitter is like talking. It's a lot like public speaking, in fact. And it's a lot like in-person business networking.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom


20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008. Keeping the audience eyes’ on you rather than their laptops benefits both you and the audience. Audiences don’t suddenly become dumber when they sit down to hear you speak — no reason to “dumb down&# anything! Always remain cognizant of audience interest. 19 Jake Toolson ~ 17 February 2009 Zzz.

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Jim Rohn - In the Speak & Deliver Hall of Fame

Speak and Deliver

skip to main | skip to sidebar Jim Rohn - In the Speak & Deliver Hall of Fame Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Sunday, December 6, 2009 Labels: Delivery , Earl Shoaff , Humor , Jim Rohn September 17, 1930 - December 5, 2009 I remember the first time I heard Jim Rohn speak.

4 Methods to Deliver a Great Speech

DeFinis Communications

How you deliver your thoughts and message can depend on a number of factors, such as your comfort level, the nature of the information and most important, your audience’s expectations. So before you stand up to speak, make sure you choose the correct delivery method that will give you the best results for you and your audience. . In these highly formal situations accuracy is extremely important because every word will be analyzed by the press, the public and the audience.

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How Obama could eliminate his ums (and so could you)

Speaking about Presenting

Research has even shown that an occasional um can increase the audience’s memory for the word that comes after the um. Related posts: You don’t have to slow down to be an effective presenter You can learn to be a better presenter How to inspire an audience like Nick Vujicic. A number of high-profile presentation bloggers and authors have commented recently on Barack Obama’s speaking style - when he doesn’t have his teleprompter in front of him. Bert Decker.

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The Chart Make-Over Challenge of 2009

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

If you followed my tweets that day, you might remember this one: If you have to tell the audience in the back that it’ll be hard to read your chart, you’ve got a poorly designed chart. #ogi As I mentioned in a previous article , I attended the Open Government conference in DC.

Back from the PPTLive conference!

PowerPoint Tips

He challenged the audience, many of whom consult or provide internal presentation advice within their companies, to become superheroes in the quest for better presentations. This year, PPTLive was in Atlanta. I’m still processing all that I heard and learned.

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Nodding or Nodding Out: How to Read Your Audience

DeFinis Communications

September 3, 2009. . This is the audience we all want to be speaking to! . When you look at an ideal audience you see hungry minds hanging on your every word, ready to adopt your suggestion, buy your product, and follow your lead. Now you may be thinking, “Angela, do these model audience members really exist?” The same is true for your audience—the potential energy in any audience is always there. Reading Your Audience.

Powerpoint Twitter Magic – now you can tweet from PowerPoint

Speaking about Presenting

And you can make it easy for your audience to retweet the main points of your presentation (make sure your tweet is easily retweetable by allowing space for “RT @yourusername&# within the 140 characters).

What goes on the last slide?

PowerPoint Tips

I recommend always summarizing your talk after the Q&A period, to focus the audience again on your message. A subscriber wrote me, “I have a question to which I have received as many answers as people I have asked: What content goes on the last slide? Do I end with ‘Thank You!,’

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How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio


Photo credit : Pete Lambert Benefits of the back channel to the audience As a presenter, the idea of presenting while people are talking about you is disconcerting. It helps audience members focus As a presenter, you might be worried that the back-channel will be distracting.

Public Speaking Tip: Use Humor

Pivotal Public Speaking

Humor is a great rapport builder which knocks down audience resistance to your message. You will subconsciously or consciously be tagged as trite by the audience members and out of touch if you tell a joke at the beginning and then forget humor for the rest of the presentation. Use humor in presentations to make yourself more likable. Make sure you space it throughout your presentation.

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