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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Link to a specific PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 slide from Microsoft Word or Excel

PowerPoint Tips

Suppose you want to link from Word or Excel to Slide 2 in a PowerPoint 2003, 2007 or 2010 presentation. Thanks to a reader for asking the question in the older tip that lead to this technique. Ellen Finkelstein can train you or your team to create high-impact, engaging, professional presentations for training, sales, business, or education. Hyperlinks Excel hyperlink link PowerPoint 2007 PowerPoint 2010 PowerPont 2003 slide Word

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Curling with kisses: How a teacher engages the audience

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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

Engage your audience when you speak

Pivotal Public Speaking

Perhaps the most important technique is to include them when you speak. 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. From one of my favourite “gurus&# … How do you make your presentation more interesting to your audience? If you leave them out, boredom is the probable result.

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. Try these techniques to show your audience you really do care about and value their thoughts: as audience members make comments or ask questions, don't finish their sentences -- be respectful and wait until the person has finished before you respond. provide non-verbal clues, such as nodding or smiling, to show that you're engaged in the discussion.

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Create a new world with each presentation

Speak Schmeak

Why isn't everyone engaged? Sometimes (a lot of the time), you are not engaging enough. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Taking RisksI 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.

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Six Ways To Manage Audience Expectations

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For example, "We've been talking about exercises to engage a group of 10-15 people. Adopt a technique from the training world.the parking lot. What are some of the techniques you have found to be successful in managing audience expectations? Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques The Audience audience expectations business presentations As a speaker, you will always deal with audience expectations.

The Gettysburg Address: An Analysis

Manner of Speaking

Today, 19 November 2010, marks the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Moving back and forth between the contradictory poles encourages full engagement from the audience.&#. Triples are a powerful public speaking technique that can power to your words and make them memorable.

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Practice these audience interaction strategies and you will find your audiences more involved and engaged, and your presentations more successful. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies 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? Have you ever asked a question and gotten no response at all?

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Presentation Tip: Say It Again, With Feeling

Professionally Speaking...

Extreme familiarity with your content can cause you to sound like a robot as you deliver your remarks from memory; however, it can also give you the comfort and security to free you up to be fully engaged with your audience. TECHNIQUES TO STAY FRESH When you deliver material over and over, one of the key things you have to guard against is your own boredom. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations U.S. I am a volunteer docent at the U.S.

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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. However, you can generally assume that all audiences want to be engaged. In that sense, an engaging opening is what your audience wants.

The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor "What we do is take the worst things in our life and turn it into something palatable for everybody else, because the best comedy comes from real life.

2010 146

Presentation Lessons from the Tonys

Professionally Speaking...

The 2010 Tony Awards were no exception. The award presenters had limited ability to be creative or engaging as their job was to read the words on the teleprompter accurately and in as little time as possible. THE RECIPIENTS The award recipients had much more ability to be creative and engaging in their acceptance remarks. Award shows are filled with presentation lessons thanks to the quantity of presenters and variety of styles.

2010 129

Don't lose yourself in the adoration of the audience

Speak Schmeak

You smile, you interact, you engage them, you keep their attention, you entertain. What concerns the judges in Kent's first performance is that it's all entertainment and not enough engagement. Tags: Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity Entertainers A few weeks ago, I learned a new phrase from the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. One of the judges called Kent Boyd's expression while performing, "hungry jazz face."

2010 140

How to write a presentation title that gets people flocking to your session

Speaking about Presenting

How to engage and inspire your students through teaching bioethics. You probably already know that telling stories is a powerful presentation technique. Get inspiration for your presentation title from magazines. Photo credit: bravenewtraveler. You might not give much thought to your presentation title for a conference presentation.

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Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who insist that data cannot (or worse -- shouldn't) be presented in an interesting and engaging way, I will once again point you to Hans Rosling. Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. Tags: Technology Stories Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Graphics Authenticity Analogies

2010 136

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 the most important thing is to engage, connect, relate. Connect with them, tell stories, use examples, engage them. Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Communication

2010 130

Be the guy no one wants to speak after

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Tags: Speakers Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks TEDxSB Authenticity

2010 138

The audience doesn't need to know

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Tags: Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Speaking Engagements

2010 136

Presenting in the dark. Literally.

Speak Schmeak

They were engaged, they asked questions, they contributed Twitter tips, and all the while sitting and standing in the dark. Tags: Technology Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking Anxiety The Business of Speaking Taking Risks Speaking Engagements Download audio here. Every time I give a presentation or attend one, I secretly hope there's some sort of incident or issue that arises for me to write about here on Speak Schmeak.

2010 138

How to go from boring to bravo

Speak Schmeak

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. Get out of your comfort zone and choose to make your presentations more engaging and interactive. Obviously, this coach had given this speech once or twice before, and yet his ending Q&A was the first time he engaged the audience one-on-one.

2010 126

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Guest Post by Irene Brennick

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Speakers Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Analogies

2010 130

Get out of the cage and own the stage!

Speak Schmeak

Half of the speakers seemed to have better projection, better stage presence and an overall more engaging presentation, while the other half of the presentations seemed less effective. Engaging the Audience American Idol TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Public Speaking AnxietyYesterday during group coaching, one of my group members identified a difference between one half of the group and the other, in reviewing their videotaped 3-minute presentations.

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Presentation Barriers: Audience Attitudes

Professionally Speaking...

We likely find our topic fascinating, have put a lot of work into preparing our presentation and feel it's a reflection on us personally when the audience is not engaged. Engage them with stories. Engage them in problem solving an acceptable solution. Solution : Rather than shutting down audience members who disagree, engage them. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques The Audience audience attitudes business presentations presentation barriers

Stop making excuses for your data dump

Speak Schmeak

For those of you who insist that data cannot (or worse -- shouldn't) be presented in an interesting and engaging way, I will once again point you to Hans Rosling. Rosling does it all: He delivers meaningful content, making it engaging and easy to understand for everyone in the audience. Technology Stories Speakers Preparation Engaging the Audience Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity Analogies About Me

2010 122

Humor in a Presentation - Obama Style

Professionally Speaking...

Humor can be a powerful tool for engaging an audience. Tags: Presentation Tips and Techniques business presentations humor President Obama White House Correspondents Dinner I always caution my clients about using humor in their presentations. Humor, like beauty, can be in the eye of the beholder and is frequently fraught with pitfalls.

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More fun with 30-second commercials

Speak Schmeak

If we notice a solitaire, rather than a plain band, we might ask the person if they've recently gotten engaged. And Ginny Milhoan, chiropractor, used a little topical humor when she suggested that our necks might be hurting because we're worried about whether we can pay our taxes -- and that she could take away that stress with her non-force adjustment technique. Tags: Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

2010 122

Brands. Door. Money.

Speak Schmeak

Just like presentations, some commercials are engaging, some are boring, some are just idiotic. Both must engage, inform, influence, and entertain. Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies PowerPointI, like many people these days, DVR as much of my TV watching as possible, in order to avoid commercials. But from time to time, I catch a glimpse of something as I'm fast-forwarding through them that makes me stop and watch.

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An aha moment

Speak Schmeak

Stories Engaging the Audience TV inspired Panic attack series Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies AuthenticityI love this series of commercials for Mutual of Omaha. They're about people's "moment of clarity. a defining moment where you gain real wisdom -- wisdom you can use to change your life." I like this concept both as a speaker and as an audience member. As a speaker, I look for aha moments to help me improve as a speaker and coach and to grow in my career.

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An aha moment

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Stories Engaging the Audience TV inspired Panic attack series Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Authenticity

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Tips from the Acting Stage, Episode #4

Professionally Speaking...

I watched the production from two perspectives: a regular theatre-goer, immersed in the story and music and a presentation trainer, observing the actors' techniques. I have written before (see links below) about the many lessons a business presenter can learn from a stage actor -- techniques like blocking, care of voice, how to evoke emotions, rigorous rehearsal and the value of a story line.

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Are We There Yet? Getting to the Point in Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

Even at the best of times, when the presenter does most things right, it's an on-going challenge to keep the audience engaged. Tags: Presentation Style Presentation Tips and Techniques audience attention span business presentations pecha kucha An audience's attention span is a finite and fickle thing. At the worst of times, when the speaker can't seem to get to the point of the presentation, the audience's attention evaporates rapidly.

2010 130

Dan likes to teach

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Technology Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Fun StuffHere's a short and sweet video by Dan Meyer , sharing his process of evolving from a lecture-based educator to an interactive facilitator. His use of images and graphics is creative and fun. Don't you wish you had had Dan for your high school math teacher? I know I could have benefited from his teaching philosophy! dy/av : 002 : the next-gen lecturer from Dan Meyer on Vimeo.

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Where was this commercial during the Super Bowl?

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Engaging the Audience TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff

2010 116

How are your observational skills?

Speak Schmeak

Tags: TV inspired Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Athletes Speaking Engagements

2010 122

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

Speaking about Presenting

As this was a webinar as opposed to a face to face presentation, I used more slides than I normally do, so that there was always something visually interesting to keep you engaged. For more on the differences between face to face presentation and webinars see: 18 Tips on How to Conduct an Engaging Webinar. Where does audience response or active engagement fit into the planner? Mind mapping is a useful technique for many creative projects.

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The best comedy comes from real life

Speak Schmeak

The easiest way to make less-than-engaging topics more palatable for the audience is to insert some humor from real life. Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks Authenticity Humor"What we do is take the worst things in our life and turn it into something palatable for everybody else, because the best comedy comes from real life.

2010 116

Four lessons for speakers -- from Broadway

Speak Schmeak

Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Fun Stuff Taking Risks EntertainersDownload audio here. I saw the musical Avenue Q last night, and while I found it entertaining, original and funny, I also found some lessons for speakers! It's okay to have help In Avenue Q , the puppets are handheld on stage by the actors who play them. The puppets, while technically the stars of the show, would be useless without the bodies and voices of the actors.

2010 127

Be the guy no one wants to speak after

Speak Schmeak

Speakers Engaging the Audience Pet Peeves Products Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Taking Risks AuthenticityI introduced Kip Fulbeck in my post on TEDxSB the other day by referring to all the other speakers who didn't want to go after him. Have you ever said this? "I I don't want to go after THAT GUY." Ever felt concerned that, by comparison with the previous speaker, you would come off lacking?

2010 116

Dan likes to teach

Speak Schmeak

Tags: Technology Engaging the Audience Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies The Business of Speaking Fun Stuff

2010 100

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

Speaking about Presenting

As this was a webinar as opposed to a face to face presentation, I used more slides than I normally do, so that there was always something visually interesting to keep you engaged. For more on the differences between face to face presentation and webinars see: 18 Tips on How to Conduct an Engaging Webinar. Where does audience response or active engagement fit into the planner? Mind mapping is a useful technique for many creative projects.

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