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.

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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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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A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

As public speakers, we should be focused on our audience and the material. Written introduction for the person introducing you to the audience. Coloured markers for a flip chart. The last thing we want is to be distracted because we’ve overlooked a logistical detail. Set out below is checklist of 50 things that public speakers need to remember before speaking. A few things to note about the list: It is restricted to matters of a logistical nature.

Five ways to avoid reading from your slides

Speak Schmeak

How can you keep the audience's attention, not get sucked into reading from the slides, and make this presentation your own? In fact, it's preferable that your notes are not tied to the computer or slides, but on a separate piece of paper or cards, so that you can move freely and interact with the audience. Use your own notes and your flip chart to write down any audience contributions. Let's say you're stuck with a canned slide show.

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Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

and a flip chart either between me and the screen, or behind me. The flip chart was in the opposite corner from me, and I would write on it, then pull the pages off and stick them to the wall behind me. Get there as early as you can so you can figure out how to make it work best for you and for the audience. Most important, you won't be distracted by tight quarters or other discomforts and you can give your full attention to connecting with your audience

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Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I'm seriously concerned about a whole generation of new presenters who have never stood in front of an audience alone without their PowerPoint partner. Learn how to be with the audience, just yourself, your content, and your connection. Learn how to educate and inform an audience without slides. Write on a flip chart. Learn how it feels to be with the audience and connect with them. Imagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner.

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Five ways to avoid reading from your slides

Speak Schmeak

How can you keep the audience's attention, not get sucked into reading from the slides, and make this presentation your own? In fact, it's preferable that your notes are not tied to the computer or slides, but on a separate piece of paper or cards, so that you can move freely and interact with the audience. Use your own notes and your flip chart to write down any audience contributions. Let's say you're stuck with a canned slide show.

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Guest Post: Joey Asher from Speechworks - Public Speaking Tips From my Dog Balou

Dahle Communication

   And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker.   They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. They show their affection for their audience by addressing their key concerns rather than giving a generic speech.   Audiences return the love that you give.

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Don't forget to check your room

Speak Schmeak

and a flip chart either between me and the screen, or behind me. The flip chart was in the opposite corner from me, and I would write on it, then pull the pages off and stick them to the wall behind me. Get there as early as you can so you can figure out how to make it work best for you and for the audience. Most important, you won't be distracted by tight quarters or other discomforts and you can give your full attention to connecting with your audience.

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Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I'm seriously concerned about a whole generation of new presenters who have never stood in front of an audience alone without their PowerPoint partner. Learn how to be with the audience, just yourself, your content, and your connection. Learn how to educate and inform an audience without slides. Write on a flip chart. Learn how it feels to be with the audience and connect with them. Imagine you have a presentation you've been working on with a partner.

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Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker. They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. They show their affection for their audience by addressing their key concerns rather than giving a generic speech. Audiences return the love that you give. Still out of town! Enjoy this post about what a dog can teach you about public speaking!

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10 Rules for Presenting as a Team

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

The MC should think of herself as the audience’s advocate, helping them through the day or days. If you’re presenting as a team, your audience will be judging the entire team. I always recommend “surfacing” what’s going on when you have a complicated journey to take the audience on. “We’re In the same way, don’t introduce all the speakers at the beginning – it’s too much for the audience to remember. Try to bring the audience into the process as much as possible.

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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. Curtains There could have been some drapery around the stage and audience area to set it apart and contain the sound a bit. Left with a strained voice, but I did my best to interact with my booth visitors through both my flip chart and my Flip video camera

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Holiday shopping list for your favorite speaker

Speak Schmeak

Videotape yourself (and -- why not? -- your audience) with this tiny Flip Mino camcorder. Visuals Make your audience notes portable when you carry a lightweight table top easel pad. Or if you're in the market for a reusable flip chart, try this table top dry erase easel pad (I've never tried this one but I love the idea!). To keep your audience engaged and stimulated, bring toys , toys , and more toys.

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. Curtains There could have been some drapery around the stage and audience area to set it apart and contain the sound a bit. Left with a strained voice, but I did my best to interact with my booth visitors through both my flip chart and my Flip video camera! Download audio here.

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Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou -- Guest post by Joey Asher

Speak Schmeak

And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker. They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. They show their affection for their audience by addressing their key concerns rather than giving a generic speech. Audiences return the love that you give. Still out of town! Enjoy this post about what a dog can teach you about public speaking!

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Tip: You and your visuals

Pivotal Public Speaking

This can apply to objects you want to display, the remote control for projecting equipment, the pens for flip charts or overhead projectors or a whiteboard, or to slides or overhead transparencies. Where will this, or the equipment, be so that you can move around it and communicate most easily with your audience – in front of you, beside or behind you? Using visuals of any sort in a presentation has to be as unobtrusive as possible. The first step here is being prepared.

BIGBOARD: Are BBC PowerPoint-style news reports going from bad to worse?

Max Atkinson

We've known for years that there's much about the modern slide-dependent presentation that audiences detest ( Lend Me Your Ears , 2004, Chapters 4-5). A major problem associated with bullet points (and other slides with nothing but writing on them) is that the audience's attention is split between (1) trying to read what's on the screen at the same time as (2) listening to and following what the speaker is saying and (3) looking repetitively from speaker to screen and back again.

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Public Speaking: What Is A Great Speaker?

Great Public Speaking

This is very valuable to the audience because it reduces their resistance to the believability of the speaker's message and allows them to focus on the message. => Great speakers know a tremendous amount about their audience. They research the organization and in many cases interview audience members. => Most great speakers actually do or live what they talk about. This translates into high credibility.

Presentation Skills: Use All The Senses

Great Public Speaking

Audience members assimilate information in three different ways. For you to connect with the most audience members, you should include information throughout your program that appeals to all three of these styles. They will perk-up when you use a visual aid such as an overhead, flip chart, or prop. Some people hear the information, some see the information, and some feel the information.

Public Speaking Tips from Joey's Dog Balou: Who Knew?

Fripp THE Executive Speech Coach

   And if he could only talk and write on a flip chart, I’m sure he’d be a great public speaker.   They know that if they connect with the audience with energy, eye contact and stories, all will be forgiven. They show their affection for their audience by addressing their key concerns rather than giving a generic speech.   Audiences return the love that you give. Public Speaking Tips from my Dog Balou By Joey Asher, President Speechworks.

Public Speaking: Juxtaposition, Oxymorons and Pleonasms

Great Public Speaking

With some advanced planning, you can set up some humorous scenes to enliven your public speaking presentation and add some fun for your audience. Place a large copy of your company name or logo on a slide or flip chart page. Where can you find public speaking humor for your next event? A public speaking technique I have used in the past is juxtaposition, which is placing two ideas or items side by side, usually to compare or contrast the ideas.

How to Turn a Service Club Talk into a Marketing Opportunity

Executive Speech Coach

Friday, July 16, 2010 How to Turn a Service Club Talk into a Marketing Opportunity As an entrepreneur or sales professional are you tapping into the unlimited opportunities to promote if you are a good presenter? Its a comfort knowing that the lights, the microphone, the flip charts, etc. You may not be a professional speaker, but struggling with audio/visual equipment just distracts and annoys your audience. That’s what the audience wants.