4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. Engagement is more valuable than attention. Thinking in terms of engagement, rather than attention, has a number of benefits: 1.

4 ways to move people from attention to engagement

Speaking about Presenting

The task is not to grab attention, but to actively nurture the attention that you have and transform it into engagement. Here’s the difference between attention and engagement: If your audience is attentive you can pour information into them. If your audience is engaged they are sucking that information from you. Engagement is more valuable than attention. Thinking in terms of engagement, rather than attention, has a number of benefits: 1.

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18 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

Here are the tips and tricks I’ve learnt on how to conduct an engaging webinar: 1. In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience! In the webinar that I attended on giving engaging webinars, Ken Molay made the point that your voice conveys your presence.

16 Tips on How To Conduct an Engaging Webinar

Speaking about Presenting

Here are the tips and tricks I’ve learnt on how to conduct an engaging webinar: 1. In a presentation, the audience can see you and if there’s no visual slide, their attention will be focused on you. It reminded me of the feeling of presenting to a face to face audience! In the webinar that I attended on giving engaging webinars, Ken Molay made the point that your voice conveys your presence.

Why You Should Never Be Late for a Speaking Engagement

Manner of Speaking

Standing before the audience, he began: My first impression of this parish was based on the very first confession that I heard here. In fact, I had the honour of being the very first person to go to him for confession … The moral of the story: Never be late for a speaking engagement! The humorous story below is a slightly modified version of a joke forwarded to me by one of my contacts on LinkedIn, Daniel Bernstein. Thanks, Daniel!

Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

Speak Schmeak

She named the lesson 'Curling With Kisses.'" ~ Daily Sound Remember your junior high school science teacher, toiling away to come up with activities and experiments every day to make science fun and engaging? Was it a powerful and engaging activity? Engaging the Audience Science and Scientists Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

Speak Schmeak

She named the lesson 'Curling With Kisses.'" ~ Daily Sound Remember your junior high school science teacher, toiling away to come up with activities and experiments every day to make science fun and engaging? Was it a powerful and engaging activity? Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. you might have prepared a lot of information which you feel compelled to deliver to the audience, leaving little time for others' opinions. lets you know if what you're presenting is relevant to the audience's needs as you hear them, in their questions and comments, apply your information to their situations.

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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.

Six Secrets from a Professional Speaker on Audience Participation

Speaking about Presenting

Last week I wrote about the challenge of the third era of presenting: the era of the audience. Kristin Arnold has written a provocative and intensely practical book Boring to Bravo on how to meet that challenge by encouraging audience participation. The philosophy of the book is summed up by this quote from Amanda Gore in the book: When I say, “Use audience interaction,” I don’t mean that you should ask a question and have them call out. Close with an audience commitment.

How to handle a texting audience

Speaking about Presenting

Many people use secondary tasks to help them stay engaged and focused. So the first point is that people who appear to be fully-engaged with their cellphones and laptops may still be paying attention to you. Your audience are adults. If their behavior is not distracting or annoying other people in the audience it’s up to them whether they pay attention or not, and how they pay attention. He says to his audience: “Here’s a deal.

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What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. My question is this: Are audiences really all that different from each other? The audience at a scientific conference is going to be very different from the audience at a food trade show.

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Otherwise, it's one buzzword after another, one generic, jargony sentence after another, saying nothing that actually intrigues or engages me or makes them stand out in a crowd of training companies. Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Written by someone who's supposed to know that the most important thing is to engage, connect, relate. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying?

2010 153

Engage your audience when you speak

Pivotal Public Speaking

From one of my favourite “gurus&# … How do you make your presentation more interesting to your audience? You can choose your words to engage your listeners — or leave them out. In this article, I’ll give you some specific techniques for crafting your content in a way that grabs the attention of your audience. Tags: audience in public speaking public speaking

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. Allowing the audience to share their knowledge and experience benefits both the audience and the speaker; the audience learns from each other, and the speaker learns from the audience. Share your tips for directing your audience's response!

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The need for connection & engagement in education

Presentation Zen

As scientists and other specialists learn more about how our brains work, for example, many of the traditional instructional methods used for the past 100 years (or more) seem to be out of kilter with how human beings really pay attention, engage, and actually learn something. Still, it is possible even given the constraints of the lecture hall to engage the audience and have them engage with each other.

Political Debates 2010 – R, D or Tea?

Matt Eventoff

The 2010 political debate season has started with some drama, however none of it the kind a candidate pines for. Still, too many candidates spend more time preparing breakfast than preparing for a debate, and it shows, especially through the first few engagements of 2010. Audiences will forgive a lot, but an audience will not forgive blanking on an opening statement when articulating on why you are running for office…especially in this climate.

2010 133

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Otherwise, it's one buzzword after another, one generic, jargony sentence after another, saying nothing that actually intrigues or engages me or makes them stand out in a crowd of training companies. Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Written by someone who's supposed to know that the most important thing is to engage, connect, relate. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying?

2010 130

How to Use a Story to Engage Your Audience

Pivotal Public Speaking

Preparing your speech and writing appropriate stories can be a challenge at the best of times, but the real challenge is in using and writing those stories in such a way that they really engage your audience. The secret to connecting with your audience is by bonding with them on an honest level. So don’t just talk at your audience – talk to them in an honest way. When you are preparing a story, relate it to your intended audience.

Don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience

Speak Schmeak

The judges' criticisms stemmed from their belief that Kent was too busy playing to the audience and not demonstrating authenticity in his performance. Nigel Lythgoe said, "You are starting to become a little fake in your performance.you have a magical quality and you love playing to the audience, but if you start faking your performance, that will get you into trouble with the viewers. Please be careful, and don't lose yourself in the adoration of the 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.

2010 172

How to create a poster in PowerPoint 2007 & PowerPoint 2010

PowerPoint Tips

Let’s create a couple of posters in PowerPoint 2007 or 2010. Follow these steps: In PowerPoint 2007 or PowerPoint 2010, click the Design tab. I have more detailed information on shadows in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010 here and here. Remember that a poster needs large print so people can read it on a bulletin board, but not necessarily as large as you would use for a presentation that you display on a screen for a large audience.

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What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. My question is this: Are audiences really all that different from each other? The audience at a scientific conference is going to be very different from the audience at a food trade show.

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.

2010 164

The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

You suck it up and give the audience your all. This post was inspired by my Twitter friend, paramedic, speaker and trainer Greg Friese , who asked if I told the audience, and how do I feel, in general, about such qualifying statements. In conversation with the organizer, I mentioned my lack of sleep, but did I tell the audience? I'm not saying the audience is heartless, but they're there for information, for inspiration, for instruction.

2010 136

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. Allowing the audience to share their knowledge and experience benefits both the audience and the speaker; the audience learns from each other, and the speaker learns from the audience. Share your tips for directing your audience's response!

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How to make your book successful - a 5-step plan (PWSF 2010)

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

I'm delighted to welcome a guest blogger to this space:  Sarah Morgan, a writer for SmartMoney.com , attended the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010 and is writing up some of the speakers and sessions.  Bloomfield explained at the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010, Skloot’s story isn’t ?quite it’s still the most powerful tool for connecting with an audience.?    Once an author builds an audience, readers will?

2010 76

Don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience

Speak Schmeak

The judges' criticisms stemmed from their belief that Kent was too busy playing to the audience and not demonstrating authenticity in his performance. Nigel Lythgoe said, "You are starting to become a little fake in your performance.you have a magical quality and you love playing to the audience, but if you start faking your performance, that will get you into trouble with the viewers. Please be careful, and don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience."

2010 100

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.

2010 127

Cool Speakers for 2010: Glenn Llopis

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  He’s a confident, energetic speaker who connects well with his audiences: [link]. Audiences want to engage with him, and that’s a very good sign.    A speaker truly starts to grow in stature as soon as he or she realizes that a speech isn’t about the speaker, but rather the audience.      Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Books Current Affairs Non-verbal Communication Public Speaking

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The audience doesn't need to know

Speak Schmeak

You suck it up and give the audience your all. This post was inspired by my Twitter friend, paramedic, speaker and trainer Greg Friese , who asked if I told the audience, and how do I feel, in general, about such qualifying statements. In conversation with the organizer, I mentioned my lack of sleep, but did I tell the audience? I'm not saying the audience is heartless, but they're there for information, for inspiration, for instruction.

2010 100

How to use your remote to switch to another presentation in PowerPoint 2007 & 2010

PowerPoint Tips

This is a common situation when you’re in a large room or just want to move around among the audience members. If it looks good and is a good indicator to the audience of what’s to come, leave it on the slide. In PowerPoint 2010, choose Animations tab> Animation Pane.You might be wondering, why the Animation pane? In 2010, choose Add Animation> OLE Action Verbs> Show and click OK.

2007 153

Seating Strategies to Engage and Involve Your Audience… and Boost Back-of-Room Sales

Pivotal Public Speaking

You are used to people laughing, nodding, and being engaged, but this room is set with rounds of 8 and people’s backs are to you. How do you specify and educate meeting planners to set the room to get more engagement from the audience? improve line of sight, comfort, safety, access, audience responsiveness, and networking. Click here for all the details … Tags: audience in public speaking public speaking room set up in public speaking with Paul O.

The audience can sense your guilt

Speak Schmeak

I've written before about apologizing or qualifying at the beginning of a presentation, and how it does nothing to benefit you or the audience when there's nothing to apologize for. The audience can sense that, too! There are a million ways to change up her talks to make them more engaging, interesting, and even fun for the employees. The audience will sense your discomfort, and you can't expect them to feel good about your message if you don't.

2010 126

Positioning Yourself For More Speaking Engagements

Pivotal Public Speaking

These steps are based on my experiences in booking more than 2,200 paid engagements. It should be no more than two paragraphs plus bulleted deliverables; in other words, the bullets are the audience takeaways. Mary McKay, speaker marketing specialist, is the founder of the Turnkey Speaker Booking System, where you learn to position your expertise for more paid speaking engagements. 12 essential Steps to Attract Your Ideal Customers.

Pam Slim on Social Media and Purpose (Public Words Speaker Forum 2010)

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

Continuing with the theme of insights from the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010, one of the standout talks was from Pam Slim.    The title of Pam Slim’s talk was “How to Use Social Media to Find an Audience That Wants to Hear You Speak” – but that’s not really what ?she out to her audience through social media, the resounding “yes” that? That’s about you as a human being engaging with people who are ?interested each other reach different audiences

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Interacting with your audience using an audience response system

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Engaging and getting interaction from a small audience is relatively easy but what about when you are speaking to larger groups? That’s where audience response systems can be a powerful tool. By issuing everyone in the audience with a little wireless keypad you can take audience involvement to a whole new level. the result is almost instantaneous visualization of the audiences’ views in graphical format.

If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) — Scobleizer

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

Scobleizer Searching for world-changing technology Home About Archives Index Favorites Posts Comments If you are a presenter you MUST watch this company: Prezi (new features just released) September 10, 2010 By Robert Scoble Maybe because I worked at Microsoft for three years I really can’t stand Microsoft PowerPoint. Every time I start a presentation I joke that I will not force my audience to sit through boring slides so I won’t be using PowerPoint today.

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SXSW 2010–Get out the Vote!

Duarte Blog

How do you get people engaged and collaborating effectively? New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Join us March 2010 for the panels, the parties, the 13th Annual Web Awards, the ScreenBurn at SXSW Arcade, the Film and Interactive Trade Show and Exhibition, Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW and, of course, the inspirational experience that only SXSW can deliver.

2010 50

Create a new world with each presentation

Speak Schmeak

I wrote a post asking " Who's in the audience and why should I care? " a while back, about doing research on your audience beforehand, so you can give the best value and tailor your talk to that group. But there's a lot about your audience that you could never find out from an organizer. Why isn't everyone engaged? Sometimes (a lot of the time), you are not engaging enough. You aren't doing enough to keep the audience's attention.

2010 148

When Ego Gets in the Way of a Good Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

My expectations were high -- given his obvious expertise, I was counting on some valuable insights as well as an engaging presentation style. He 'shushed' an audience member who tried to ask a question. And even if he was correct in his assumption about her question, what an arrogant way of shutting down her [and perhaps others'] engagement with him and the material. It helps you believe in yourself, manage anxiety and strive to make a valuable contribution to the audience.

2010 147

The audience can sense your guilt

Speak Schmeak

I've written before about apologizing or qualifying at the beginning of a presentation, and how it does nothing to benefit you or the audience when there's nothing to apologize for. The audience can sense that, too! There are a million ways to change up her talks to make them more engaging, interesting, and even fun for the employees. The audience will sense your discomfort, and you can't expect them to feel good about your message if you don't.

2010 100

The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Today, 19 November 2010, marks the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. In a speech that was comprised of only 10 sentences and 272 words, Lincoln was able to strike a chord that would resonate not only with his audience, but one that would resonate through time. Lincoln reminds the audience of the basis on which the country was founded: liberty and equality.