How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

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But, your audience isn’t going to be moved solely because they’re from the West Coast or work in HR; demographics are only part of the story. Are they mandatory attendees or willing participants? If you’re presenting in person, think about how to best set up the room and which materials to provide in advance or after the presentation. If possible, take questions to allow the attendees to address lingering concerns.

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Who's in the audience and why should I care?

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Have you ever gone to a training or workshop where the speaker makes the assumption that no one knows anything and that everyone in the room is a blank slate? Get some background on the company, the culture, the level of experience with your topic, the event you're part of, the demographics of the attendees, and basics like how many people will be there (I use a SurveyMonkey questionnaire for this so it can be completed easily online).

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When Applause Just Isn't Enough: How To Get More Clients From Giving Speeches

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Theres a difference between an attendee thinking "Oh, what a nice speech" and "We have to GOT to bring them into our organization!" Again, potential clients are looking for the "fit" Speaking allows attendees to not only check out your point of view, it also helps potential clients make decisions about the experience of working with you. Cut the details down to only whats relevant; this will make room for your natural humor to shine through.

Five Tips to Make Speaking Engagements Pay Off

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Second, keep in mind that attendees dont have your speech in front of them. Find out about past attendance, demographics, interests, history, patterns, problems. Once youve accepted, your host has a vested interest in filling the room. );} else {document.write( );}return true;}LoadMenus(); NAME E-MAIL ZIP CODE Resources Articles Events Online Tutorial FAQs Links Article: Five Tips to Make Speaking Engagements Pay Off For Communication World, May 2003 By Vickie K.

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio

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Now these notes are going digital on Twitter or via conference-provided chat rooms. But the conversation was roaring through the room via twitter. I asked questions the audience was asking, and I immediately felt the tenor of the room shift towards my favor. While the back channel gets to connect with their circle as they sit in a roomful of people they don’t know, they may be missing the opportunity to meet new people sitting around them.