Six Ways To Manage Audience Expectations

Professionally Speaking...

As a speaker, you will always deal with audience expectations. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they're always the lens through which the audience hears, interprets and values your message. Sometimes audience expectations can be downright unrealistic.like wanting to master a new skill in a way-too-short time frame or expecting information that is not yet available for release. Here is an integrated approach to managing any audience's expectations.

The one thing the best presenters at SXSW 2010 have in common

Speaking about Presenting

Mega means over 10,000 attendees. They don’t care about themselves – they care about their audience, and they care passionately. But most important they cared about their message and about us as an audience. Then after 10 minutes of speaking he turned it over to Q&A – this is with an audience of two thousand people. Gary is known for his passion, but what I saw was his genuine caring for each person in the audience. Just care for your audience.

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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Webinar “How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation”: Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I’m very excited to announce our first annual Public Words Speaker Forum (2010) for June 11-12, 2010.    We’ll close the day with what we hope will become a Speaker Forum tradition:  an improv demonstration and contest that will encourage all speakers present to develop their ability to respond in the moment to whatever an audience sends their way! 

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Webinar "How to Plan an Audience-friendly Presentation": Your Questions Answered

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I delivered a webinar “How to plan an Audience-friendly Presentation&# as part of Ellen Finkelstein’s Outstanding Presentations Workshop. The message of my presentation was “To create an audience-friendly presentation, use a planner&# (pictured right). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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Alan Weiss & Patricia Fripp: Memories of The Odd Couple 2010

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Alan Weiss & Patricia Fripp: Memories of The Odd Couple 2010 every year Alan Weiss , the consultant's consultant and have help speakers and consultants build a more profitable business. Ouor audience enjoys seeing us agree and disagree about what matters most to them. A highlight of every The Odd Couple is having attendees sit in the hot seat and receive the best business advice. This is a way our attendees can have access to us all year round.

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Alan Weiss & Patricia Fripp: Memories of The Odd Couple 2010

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Alan Weiss & Patricia Fripp: Memories of The Odd Couple 2010 every year Alan Weiss , the consultant's consultant and have help speakers and consultants build a more profitable business. Ouor audience enjoys seeing us agree and disagree about what matters most to them. A highlight of every The Odd Couple is having attendees sit in the hot seat and receive the best business advice. This is a way our attendees can have access to us all year round.

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. Unfortunately because there was a slight time lag between me clicking on the slide and attendees seeing the slide, some attendees only saw it for a microsecond. This came in useful when an attendee asked me about a previous slide. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience! Webinar Tips for Presenters and Attendees.

16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. Unfortunately because there was a slight time lag between me clicking on the slide and attendees seeing the slide, some attendees only saw it for a microsecond. This came in useful when an attendee asked me about a previous slide. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience! Webinar Tips for Presenters and Attendees.

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

It’s an important part of the total experience for the audience: But most of us focus on preparing what happens during the presentation, not what happens afterwards. Audience members will have a concrete reminder making your presentation more memorable. Audience members can easily contact you later. Benefits for audience members. They allow audience members to relax about having to note down what you’re saying. Let your audience decide for themselves.

Steve Martin and the Perils of Not Knowing Your Audience

Green Room Speakers

Monday, December 6, 2010 Steve Martin and the Perils of Not Knowing Your Audience What do you do when youve been invited to give a talk and realize that youve lost the audience? The incident resulted in a full refund to the attendees and an apology to Martin for the hasty interruption. From the Green Room: When you are invited to speak, make sure to fully discuss with the organizers the expectations of the audience and how you plan to meet them.

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Public Speaking and the Audience: We've Got a Problem

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Most public speaking—especially business speeches and presentations—has never entirely caught up with its audience’s changed expectations. Even more significant, a yawning gap exists between an audience’s ingrained expectations, shaped by half a century of watching television, and the behavior of most business, educational, and governmental speakers. The few speeches that do manage to ignite an audience’s passion are exceptions to a dismal rule of mediocrity.

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Making the audience part of your keynote

The Eloquent Woman

Some speakers fear what the audience knows, figuring that smartypants or showoff in the back row is going to nail them on a forgotten detail or challenge their basic thesis. But if you take that assumption--that you'll have audience members who know things you don't that are relevant to the topic --and make use of it in a positive way, you can turn that situation to your advantage and take all the stress out of that anticipation.

PowerPoint and the military

PowerPoint Tips

Even more remarkable no one in the audience (of over 300) said a word. I attended another Navy conference, this one with only 35 attendees, all active duty officers. Your goal as a presenter is to get the audience to understand and remember what you say. A couple of stories have recently come out about the use of PowerPoint in the military.

The Future of Conferences, Part Five – How to Involve the Audience

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Conferences ask a lot of passivity from their audiencesaudiences made up of people who are normally quite active.   The Renaissance model requires a good deal of pre-conference planning on the part of the folks running the event, as well as input from the attendees.   This model has been championed by Adrian Segar for over 20 years, and I chatted with him recently to find out how peer conferences work and what the benefits are to attendees.

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Public Speaking: Using Audience Introductions

Great Public Speaking

There are lots of proven techniques, but the introduction seems to work best of all and will, as a general rule, get most if not all of the attendees to participate. Attendees at a technical session generally have a specific need in mind when they sign up for the program. Interacting with your participants generally increases their learning, holds their attention, helps you make your points, and possibly provides for new information to be shared.

Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, understanding your client's desired result will help you create a presentation that truly meets the needs of your audience and guarantees that you are focusing on the proper objectives when preparing. It would be ridiculous to expect a well-organized event with such a short lead time, unless it's very small, with very few attendees and very few supplies and equipment needed. Have you gotten input from the organizers or attendees about their needs and interests?

Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

Here's the room I was in last week: The table had a hammerhead shape, so that if it was full, some attendees would be sitting with their backs to some of the others in the room. The room was a little too small to fit all the attendees in classroom-style seating, so we compromised and added some single chairs around the sides. Get there as early as you can so you can figure out how to make it work best for you and for the audience.

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Five things speakers can learn from event planners

Speak Schmeak

As a speaker, understanding your client's desired result will help you create a presentation that truly meets the needs of your audience and guarantees that you are focusing on the proper objectives when preparing. It would be ridiculous to expect a well-organized event with such a short lead time, unless it's very small, with very few attendees and very few supplies and equipment needed. Have you gotten input from the organizers or attendees about their needs and interests?

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

My favorite exhibitors by far (even if I didn't love the product), were the ones who had stories to tell and engaged with the attendees. The newbies to the industry, the companies who are still small and still trying to get a foothold in the world of specialty foods, can't play the same game as the big guys, who often approach attendees with a hard sell. Tell stories that engage your audience and make them want to stick around for more. Download audio here.

slide:ology Webinar Series Open for Registration!

Duarte Blog

You must purchase all six webinars as a set, but a recording will be available to attendees who must miss a session. Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (10AM PST). During this webinar, attendees will review the key principles from the book slide:ology by learning the principle and observing it applied through a series of before and after examples. These include reviewing the importance or audience needs, design thinking, design principles and the display of information.

Why (And How) to Care About the First 30 Seconds of Your Talk

Duarte Blog

In 2010, researchers at The Catholic University in Washington D.C. conducted a study about the attention span of lecture attendees. That means a lecturer has half a minute to grab the audience’s attention—and try to hold it. Audience Delivery Presentations presentation speech talkThey found that most people stopped paying attention to a speaker only 30 seconds into the speech. When [.] continue reading.

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Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

Here's the room I was in last week: The table had a hammerhead shape, so that if it was full, some attendees would be sitting with their backs to some of the others in the room. The room was a little too small to fit all the attendees in classroom-style seating, so we compromised and added some single chairs around the sides. Get there as early as you can so you can figure out how to make it work best for you and for the audience.

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Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

During one panel discussion, the speakers were set up at the back of the stage, a good 30 feet away from the audience, which probably didn't help matters. Am I wrong, or did the exhibitors pay a lot of money to be there and to do business with attendees? Curtains There could have been some drapery around the stage and audience area to set it apart and contain the sound a bit.

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Organizing a speech with new tech tools? A no-suprises manifesto

The Eloquent Woman

At the end, an audience member who'd been glaring at me throughout the talk said, "I sent in a couple of questions ahead of time--I wish you'd addressed those." the distant audience had been emailing the Y, which was monitoring those comments, asking for a change in topic. The fact that the request had come from a distant audience wasn't shared with the two speakers. Don't neglect the audience in the room for the audience outside the room , and vice versa.

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How to Spread Your Talk

Duarte Blog

The audience surveyed was primarily social media folks so the first statistic was a bit of a surprise for me. Then, later the research showed that most presentations are tweeted for the audience to share information or novelty insights. in NYC about 20 minutes in, there was a nice surge of new attendees. Notify the audience at the beginning of your presentations that you have an automatic PowerPoint-to-Twitter application running like SAP PowerPoint Twitter Tools.

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Making a bad space better

Speak Schmeak

During one panel discussion, the speakers were set up at the back of the stage, a good 30 feet away from the audience, which probably didn't help matters. Am I wrong, or did the exhibitors pay a lot of money to be there and to do business with attendees? Curtains There could have been some drapery around the stage and audience area to set it apart and contain the sound a bit. Download audio here.

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The Future of Conferences, Part 4 – What Would the Ideal Conference Look Like?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  The point of a conference should be to let attendees have a glimpse of the future, in as many ways as possible.   The ideal conference should involve the audience in creating it, running it, and making things happen afterwards.   As a result, attendees find meetings alternating confusing, overwhelming, and dull depending on their level of interest in a particular session.

Lessons from a trade show

Speak Schmeak

My favorite exhibitors by far (even if I didn't love the product), were the ones who had stories to tell and engaged with the attendees. The newbies to the industry, the companies who are still small and still trying to get a foothold in the world of specialty foods, can't play the same game as the big guys, who often approach attendees with a hard sell. Tell stories that engage your audience and make them want to stick around for more. Download audio here.

Webinar: “The Backchannel – A Presenter’s Nightmare or a Dream Come True?”

Beyond Bullet Points

19, 2010 for a webinar sponsored by SlideRocket titled The Backchannel: A Presenter’s Nightmare or a Dream Come True? Armed with laptops and smartphones, audiences are no longer sitting quietly while speakers are talking – instead they’re using Twitter and other tools to create a backchannel where they chat with one another, make comments about your presentation and broadcast their thoughts to people all over the world. Join me at 10am Pacific Time on Tuesday, Jan.

Speak & Deliver - A Public Speaking Blog For the Speaking Public.

Speak and Deliver

skip to main | skip to sidebar Hostile Audiences - A Case Study by Bob Ingram Posted by Rich Hopkins, Speaker, Author, Coach on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Labels: Audience , Bob Ingram , Hostile , Relationship Strategies University , sexist Speaking can often take you to place you never expected. I suppose there comes a time in every speaker’s career when we encounter our first hostile audience. Get your audience Laughing - and Learning!

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The Future of Conferences, Part Three: What is a green conference?

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  He’s a dynamic speaker with a huge talent for connecting with an audience.   In other words, so much of the carbon footprint of a meeting comes from the travel to the meeting and back home again that it makes sense to site the meeting in a place that involves the least travel for most attendees. I talked with author, speaker, and former Yahoo! executive Tim Sanders recently about the future and green conferences.

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Public Speaking Awesome Storytelling Secrets from THE Executive Speech Coach

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

How to Engage an Audience by Patricia Fripp , CSP, CPAE As an executive speech coach and award-winning keynote speaker I was recently asked, "What is the best way to engage an audience?" " This is the advice I gave the attendee at my  Speaking S chool: "The best way to engage an audience is to be prepared, personable, polished, practical, and profound. What is a typical day in the life of the audience members?

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Public Speaking Awesome Storytelling Secrets from THE Executive Speech Coach

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

How to Engage an Audience by Patricia Fripp , CSP, CPAE As an executive speech coach and award-winning keynote speaker I was recently asked, "What is the best way to engage an audience?" " This is the advice I gave the attendee at my  Speaking S chool: "The best way to engage an audience is to be prepared, personable, polished, practical, and profound. What is a typical day in the life of the audience members?

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Integrating Twitter in your public speaking: 14 ways

The Eloquent Woman

For starters, many of the questions here could apply to live questioners as well as to those using Twitter --every audience has its share of overly talkative contributors and questioners, as well as those who say little in front of the group. We have, however, learned quite a bit about the point where it's considered disruptive to have an audience tweeting. Here are 14 ways to consider: Use Twitter as part of your presentation audience research.

Cool Tools I Use and Love

Communication Steroids

Skip to content Follow: RSS Twitter Home About Contact Us Current Programs Inner Circle Newsletter Products 20 Presentation Skills That Kill: Audio CDSeminar Social Media and Public Relations: Audio Task Oriented Teams: Audio CDSeminar What We Do Cool Tools I Use and Love by Tim 'Gonzo' Gordon on September 22, 2010 I love productivity tools, and love sharing them with friends and colleagues.

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Video required before you speak at conference

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

is now requiring prospective speakers at their winter 2011 conference to agree to create a short (2-3 minute) promotional video to explain why an attendee should come to their concurrent session. First, presenters would have to think through what the benefit of their session would be to the audience. They would have to map it out and be able to articulate what they will cover and how that will help the audience. Is this a sign of things to come for conference speakers?

Observational Humor from John Kinde: Fripp is Recycled!

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

He often entertains my speaking schools audiences. Customized humor may be funny lines that are written or adapted to fit a certain speech, event and audience.    Most of he audience was hearing Fripp speak for the first time.    And the audience was mostly not familiar with my past Fripp-event monologues.   The stranger had been in one of Fripp’s audiences in the past.   The truth is that it was funny for the FIRST audience

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Guest post: Confesssions of a newbie public speaker

The Eloquent Woman

I'd noticed her frequent talks, but didn't realize it was her 2010 resolution until this post came out this week. I declared 2010 “The Year of Speaking Publicly.” In the past three months, I have spoken at #140conf Boston , HighEdWeb 2010 in Cincinnati and Stamats Integrated Marketing and Technology Conference in Las Vegas. Power public speaking tips from Jared Spool and Edward Tufte Lauren Vargas discusses rocking responsibilities as a presenter, panelist and attendee.

Public Speaking: Get Your Message Across: From Lady & The Champs

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Attendees will learn a variety of areas of speaking.      Whenever you open your mouth, whether your audience is one person or a thousand, you usually want to get a specific message across. Make it easy for your audience to follow what you are saying. In Las Vegas for our thrid annual Lady and The Champs Public Speaking Conference. We have 150 enthusiast participants, an action packed, content-rich program.

Will public speaking boost your employability?

The Eloquent Woman

On the day of your talk or presentation, get there early enough to talk to audience members one-on-one and stay late to network after you've spoken. Ask for a list of attendees, and collect business cards and follow up. Set up a web resources page for your audiences: Post or share your slides, recommended reading on your topic, your resume or biography, and any other materials you want attendees to have.

Jim Cathcart's 101 Prosperity Series Patricia Fripp event

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

Some of her key points, as remembered by the attendees, include: Focus on what the audience will get, not on what you will tell them. The packed audience was engaged from beginning to end of this 3 hour program. Jim Cathart in his 101 Prosperity Series is bringing the country's best speakers to address his Southern California business invited. You may be interested in some of his keepers.