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.

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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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.  glowing reviews everywhere from Science to Entertainment Weekly ? 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.? 

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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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Cool Speakers for 2010: Bjarke Ingels

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Because Ingels clearly enjoys himself and is passionate about his subject, his talk is entertaining to watch despite some of the clumsiness of his speaking style.    Tags: Audience-Centered Speaking Authenticity Current Affairs Public Speaking Speech Writing Storytelling Visual Aids Web/Tech Bjarke Ingels is a Danish architect on a quest to prove to the world that sustainable building doesn’t need to be boring or self-denying. 

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SXSW 2010–Get out the Vote!

Duarte Blog

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.

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A Public Speaking Alphabet

Manner of Speaking

A - Audience. A speech is for the audience and about the audience. Do not overwhelm your audience with figures. Put the data into context to make it relevant for the audience. Here is a great presentation by Hans Rosling in which he takes enormous amounts of data and presents it in a way that the audience can understand. Speaking with emotion is one of the best ways to connect with the audience. b) Why should the audience care?

The Seven Types of Presentation to Avoid

Speaking about Presenting

Have you inflicted one of these types of presentation on your audience? And that results in information overload for the audience. It’s highly entertaining and engaging – but an hour later when you try and work out what you learned – there’s a void. More often, the “mystery novel” presentation happens because the presenter didn’t think about the needs of the audience and simply followed their own train of thought which resulted in a conclusion at the end.

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Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

T hink about it: Your audience can certainly benefit from all kinds of slides in your presentation; for example, an aerial photo of a site on which you plan to build; a simple graph showing your company’s profit growth over the last five years; a relevant quotation superimposed on a compelling photograph. The best way to thank your audience is to say “Thank you&#. If you have time to entertain questions, say so and invite the audience to ask you some.

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6 presentation tips from a professional speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Scott Berkun’s book Confessions of a public speaker is an entertaining and enlightening read on what it what it takes, and what it’s like, to be a professional speaker. I stand up at my desk, imagine an audience around me, and present exactly as it were the real thing. The magic moment of the audience’s full attention. And when I’m the speaker, I know that special moment is the only time I will have the entire audience’s full attention.

The Academy Awards and the Art of Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

Not one acceptance speech focused on the one group who made each award possible – THE AUDIENCE. There is a crucial public speaking lesson here — if you should ever win an award (and I hope each of you win a number of them), when you accept, remember your audience, always. Last year Megan Mylan set the bar with her Oscar acceptance speech.

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Don't You Want to Be Entertained?

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Posted: August 5, 2007 by Gary in Dealing with People , Humour & Laughter , Image and Impressions , Networking & Small Talk , Public Speaking , The Shy Speakers Guide , Videos & Podcast 0 Everybody wants to be entertained. And when I mean entertained, I do not mean entertainment in the Russel Peters or Jerry Seinfield sense! Entertainment is not necessarily confined to the field of humour. Then there are other forms of entertainment media too.

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Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

I saw the musical Avenue Q last night, and while I found it entertaining, original and funny, I also found some lessons for speakers! So the audience sees that you have notes. As long as you integrate your tools and don't blow your cool if something goes wrong, the audience will be fine with seeing the strings and gears of your presentation. Don't let your visuals overwhelm you or the audience. It's okay to be entertaining Okay, Avenue Q is a Broadway musical.

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Business Communicator of the Year 2010

Max Atkinson

Brian Jenner has just announced that the UK Speechwriters' Guild 'Business Communicator of the Year, 2010', is Martin Broughton (right), Chairman of BA and former President of the CBI. Further details of the citation can be seen HERE , where, the news is introduced as follows: The judges said: "During his tenure as President of the CBI Martin Broughton's speeches were witty, direct and controversial, making headlines and entertaining audiences.

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If George Lucas designed your presentation

Speak Schmeak

So it's this simple little thing, but what it meant was the story point would go into movie and the audience doesn't know or care about it. Tags: Technology TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics PowerPoint Entertainers In the documentary, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible," the birth of the modern special effects industry is celebrated.

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Interview: Guy Kawasaki – Enchanting Speaker

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

On Thursday he gave an entertaining presentation to an internal sales group at Cisco - where I'm employed in executive communications - based on his new book. Click on the podcast icon below to hear Guy reveal: what he looks for in an audience to see if his message is connecting with them; the reason he likes speeches built around Top 10 lists; what he thinks of people tweeting while he's speaking; what speakers can learn from The Grateful Dead.

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10 posts on sticking to your time

Speak Schmeak

Your audience will appreciate finishing a few minutes early, but a few minutes late might throw off their whole afternoon. Tags: Speakers Preparation My Favorite Tools Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Entertainers This story by Jeff Foxworthy perfectly illustrates the responsibility of a perfomer (or speaker) to have practiced and prepared well enough to be able to stick to the time allotted -- no matter what happens. "In In my finest moment as a standup.it

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Lessons from Robin Sharma

Manner of Speaking

You are being given an opportunity – a gift – to inform or entertain or persuade or inspire them. We are responsible for understanding our audience’s interests and needs, for preparing an appropriate talk, for being at the venue on time, for ensuring that everything works, for having a backup plan. We often have to rely on others, especially for logistical matters, but we cannot abdicate our responsibility to our audience. Is the audience attentive?

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More lessons from Lady Gaga

Speak Schmeak

Getting up in front of an audience is the only way to learn. Are you learning about your audience, studying their background, their experience, their needs and wants? Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Resources Entertainers I read an inspiring blog post the other day by Stanford Smith on Pushing Social , about Lady Gaga's highly successful approach to social media.

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Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

I saw the musical Avenue Q last night, and while I found it entertaining, original and funny, I also found some lessons for speakers! So the audience sees that you have notes. As long as you integrate your tools and don't blow your cool if something goes wrong, the audience will be fine with seeing the strings and gears of your presentation. Don't let your visuals overwhelm you or the audience. It's okay to be entertaining Okay, Avenue Q is a Broadway musical.

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What you need to know before using a cartoon in your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

I need something to keep the audience awake.”. If the cartoon is at a tangent to the topic, it may remove your audience’s focus away from you and your message. You risk losing attention with each audience member going off into their own daydream provoked by the cartoon. The complexity or subtle humour of the cartoon may be lost on the audience. In the case where half the audience laughs and the other half doesn’t: were they not amused or did they just not get it?

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Lessons from Seinfeld

Speak Schmeak

Figure out how your content works with different kinds of audiences. Jerry Seinfeld takes gigs at all times of the day and night, on weekdays and on weekends, in order to craft a routine that works for a variety of audiences. gig or the one during lunch with the waiters clanking plates and glasses, but the more experience you have with different venues and audiences, the more you'll improve. It's your job to find out what the audience needs and wants and then give it to them.

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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.

Physical comfort is overrated

Speak Schmeak

This is not a bad thing, especially when standing on stage in front of an audience. We are dressing appropriately for whichever audience is attending our presentation. It completely depends on your audience and how they will be dressed. Keep in mind that, if you are uncomfortable or distracted by your clothing , it's likely the audience will be, too. Tags: Preparation TV inspired Entertainers

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"Mad Men" - Audience Nostalgia Palpable

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

   He's just well-put-together entertainment.  That was a time when advertising really was very important and everyone who was creative wanted to enter the field.    I was in college during the period "Mad Men" is set and wrote a psychology paper in which I applied my test scores [there was lots of testing then] to a future career path that was advertising.    I got an "A." 

Being There

Manner of Speaking

In a previous post , I wrote that as speakers, we enter into a social contract with our audiences every time we take the stage. We provide information or entertainment or inspiration. In return, the people in our audiences provide us with their time (and in many cases their money). Think of it this way: If you speak to an audience of 40 people for one hour, you are taking up 40 hours of people’s time – the equivalent of an entire work week for a single person.

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How to manage feedback from the presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

I immediately knew that I had lost the audience. Rather than getting into flow and becoming an entertainer, I retreated into myself. So rather than getting through to me that I should slow down, I was hearing the audience as saying that I sucked. Now I totally get that just getting through a presentation can be challenge enough – without having to think about adjusting to feedback that you get from the audience. that could affect your audience.

Presentation Lessons from the Tonys

Professionally Speaking...

The 2010 Tony Awards were no exception. Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane clearly had chemistry [granted, they're working together in The Addams Family ] and humorously sparred back and forth to the delight of the audience, while still accomplishing the task at hand [reading the award nominees for Best Actor and Best Actress in a Musical]. make eye contact with the audience.

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When nobody cares if you go long

Speak Schmeak

There are certain rewards that come from offering memorable performances: The audience remembers your message and takes action, you get invited back to speak, you get referred to other organizations, maybe you get a raise, maybe you get a promotion. Tags: Preparation Emmys Entertainers On Speak Schmeak, I've written many posts about how to be memorable and engaging as a speaker.

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Lessons from Pacino

Speak Schmeak

There isn't outright hostility in the room, but the audience is clearly wary and probably expecting clichés and platitudes. This quickly makes him more accessible to the audience, who are now anticipating his next words. Note the repetition of words and themes throughout the speech, which gives each subsequent word or phrase more power and reinforces each idea in the audience's minds. Pappas also plays into the audience's connection with this young boy.

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If George Lucas designed your presentation

Speak Schmeak

So it's this simple little thing, but what it meant was the story point would go into movie and the audience doesn't know or care about it. Technology Preparation TV inspired Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPoint Entertainers About MeIn the documentary, "Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible," the birth of the modern special effects industry is celebrated.

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Lessons from Pacino

Speak Schmeak

There isn't outright hostility in the room, but the audience is clearly wary and probably expecting clichés and platitudes. This quickly makes him more accessible to the audience, who are now anticipating his next words. Note the repetition of words and themes throughout the speech, which gives each subsequent word or phrase more power and reinforces each idea in the audience's minds. Pappas also plays into the audience's connection with this young boy.

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The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

I think that when you talk about something that really happened, whether you make it a caricature of what happened, or whatever, but it is a version of the truth, you connect with the audience in a way that you cannot with contrived material." ~ Comedian Robert Schimmel, I Am Comic documentary What Schimmel is saying does not just apply to comedians. The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life.

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Is your self-image getting in the way of your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

It reminds me of speakers I see who are so concerned with what the audience is thinking about them, that they aren't thinking about the audience. What is best for the audience? What will benefit the audience? How can I connect with the audience? When speakers stop worrying about their image and start being in the moment with the audience, all kinds of great things happen. They connect with audience members. And the audience begins to relate.

Is your self-image getting in the way of your presentation?

Speak Schmeak

It reminds me of speakers I see who are so concerned with what the audience is thinking about them, that they aren't thinking about the audience. What is best for the audience? What will benefit the audience? How can I connect with the audience? When speakers stop worrying about their image and start being in the moment with the audience, all kinds of great things happen. They connect with audience members. And the audience begins to relate.

Physical comfort is overrated

Speak Schmeak

This is not a bad thing, especially when standing on stage in front of an audience. We are dressing appropriately for whichever audience is attending our presentation. It completely depends on your audience and how they will be dressed. Keep in mind that, if you are uncomfortable or distracted by your clothing , it's likely the audience will be, too. Preparation TV inspired Entertainers

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Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. It's what you do with the numbers that makes the presentation effective -- or makes it just another "data dump" that puts your audience to sleep and doesn't teach them anything. I want you to take some time to think about what your core message is and what your audience hopes to get out of your presentation.

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A golden T-Bone

Speak Schmeak

She felt comfortable enough in front of that audience that she was able to be herself. She barely cracked a smile, she didn't nod or acknowledge the audience applause, and didn't look particularly excited to be on stage. Tags: Preparation TV inspired Public Speaking Anxiety Entertainers Golden Globes Download audio here. One of the things I loved about Meryl Streep's Golden Globes speech for her Best Actress win was how real she was.

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When nobody cares if you go long

Speak Schmeak

There are certain rewards that come from offering memorable performances: The audience remembers your message and takes action, you get invited back to speak, you get referred to other organizations, maybe you get a raise, maybe you get a promotion. Preparation Awards shows EntertainersOn Speak Schmeak, I've written many posts about how to be memorable and engaging as a speaker.

2010 100

More lessons from Lady Gaga

Speak Schmeak

Getting up in front of an audience is the only way to learn. Are you learning about your audience, studying their background, their experience, their needs and wants? Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Resources EntertainersI read an inspiring blog post the other day by Stanford Smith on Pushing Social , about Lady Gaga's highly successful approach to social media.

2010 100

Lessons from Seinfeld

Speak Schmeak

Figure out how your content works with different kinds of audiences. Jerry Seinfeld takes gigs at all times of the day and night, on weekdays and on weekends, in order to craft a routine that works for a variety of audiences. gig or the one during lunch with the waiters clanking plates and glasses, but the more experience you have with different venues and audiences, the more you'll improve. It's your job to find out what the audience needs and wants and then give it to them.

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10 posts on sticking to your time

Speak Schmeak

Your audience will appreciate finishing a few minutes early, but a few minutes late might throw off their whole afternoon. Speakers Preparation My Favorite Tools Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies EntertainersThis story by Jeff Foxworthy perfectly illustrates the responsibility of a perfomer (or speaker) to have practiced and prepared well enough to be able to stick to the time allotted -- no matter what happens. "In In my finest moment as a standup.it

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How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

During a presentation you are delivering to customers, co-workers or cohorts, you can’t afford to have your audience disengage – or worse – walk out. While it will always be easier to recite information (one way) than it is to make an engaging speech (two way) presentation that connects with your audience, today’s audiences are demanding more engagement and interaction. It all depends on your topic, your audience, and how much time you have.

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