Darren used audience participation to make a dull subject interesting

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Every public speaker dreams of being able to engage their audience completely. One of the best ways to get engagement is via audience participation. Not long ago I posted some ideas under the title of Practical Audience Engagement Ideas.

Why most attempts at audience participation fail and what to do about it

Speaking about Presenting

Yesterday I had a skype conversation with Twitter follower Todd (@TJList) on how to include audience participation in a presentation. He’s presenting on getting through the economic downturn to an audience of small business owners. First, your audience has to trust you.

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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. Tags: Audience

Audience participation ideas

Speak Schmeak

Depending on the size of your group, and especially when you're conducting a workshop or longer training, you will want to encourage participation from your audience. There are always some participants who participate more and some who participate less.

Getting Your Audience to Love You

Speak and Deliver

In fact, he went beyond that, making it a performance he could only give on that night, in that venue, to that audience. Audience Participation. His message was 'keep me' - and the audience made it impossible for LA Reid to do anything but. I hate rap. Always have.

How to make a good (or bad) presentation

Presentation Zen

A good or effective presentation, from the point of few of the audience, being one where the audience was engaged and learned something, but also was motivated, or inspired, etc. This semester I''m teaching three classes on presentation for undergraduates at my university in Japan.

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Sure, a couple of people on the panel made jokes here and there, and the audience laughed from time to time. Asking for audience participation is always good practice in a presentation, and it's good practice on a panel as well.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Winging it generally comes across to the audience as disorganized rambling chaos. My audience doesn’t seem to like it as much. Like the entire audience was eating out of my hands. It feels like the performers or speaker are creating something new and special for their audience.

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

At this stage of my speaking, I didn’t care about connecting with the audience. I noticed that there was an audience out there – though I still didn’t know what to do about them. Stage 3: Hello audience. 7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation.

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The first five stages of speaker development

Speaking about Presenting

At this stage of my speaking, I didn’t care about connecting with the audience. I noticed that there was an audience out there – though I still didn’t know what to do about them. Stage 3: Hello audience. 7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation.

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Lessons from a drag queen

Speak Schmeak

Our very own diva, Cassidy Live performers know that the best way to get the audience's engagement is to include them in the show, whether it's making them feel like a rock star when they sing along, asking them questions that they can answer with a cheer, or bringing them onstage to participate.

Presenters – dare you get your audience to move?

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

The vast majority of the presentations I listen to are essentially passive, at least from the audience’s perspective. All I am expected to do is sit and listen. Now you may be saying that’s all well and good for a small audience but I speak to groups of 50, 100 or even 1000. Well I can tell you that it is possible to get audience participation and movement even in large groups. Presenters – dare you get your audience to move?

Why your audience isn't participating

Speak Schmeak

One of the quickest ways to lose your audience is to pretend to want participation, but not really invite it. I love asking my audience questions. In a recent presentation, I asked my audience if they've ever regretting not speaking up when they had something to say.

12 Lessons from Pablo Picasso for Public Speakers

Manner of Speaking

What should the audience do? Why should the audience care? Some text is fine, but also use images, video, stories, props, demonstrations, audience participation and other creative ideas to make your presentation stand out. Pablo Picasso.

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How to present with Twitter and other backchannels

Speaking about Presenting

With steps to take before, during and after your presentation, Mitchell creates a useful path that underscores what it takes to effectively engage a live (and remote) audience today. How to use Twitter and other backchannels to encourage audience participation. His book “ The backchannel: How audiences are using Twitter and social media and changing presentations forever&# is being released on 30 November and is available to preorder on Amazon now.

Why Giving a Thanksgiving Toast is Like the Macy’s Parade

The Presenter's Blog

This is the moment for audience participation. Don’t however, just drop this question onto your unsuspecting audience. by Peter Paskale.

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How to use the Magic of Live to be a Compelling Speaker

Speaking about Presenting

Winging it generally comes across to the audience as disorganized rambling chaos. My audience doesn’t seem to like it as much. Like the entire audience was eating out of my hands. It feels like the performers or speaker are creating something new and special for their audience.

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Presentation Tip: Don't Talk So Much

Professionally Speaking...

In our world of constant and assorted stimuli, audiences often don''t have the patience or the motivation to listen to a presenter speak continuously for 30, 45, 60 minutes in the same format. Dialogue and discussion are more beneficial to an audience than listening to a talking head.

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What to do when you’re losing your audience

Speaking about Presenting

Your audience’s attention will fade over time unless you take specific steps to keep them engaged. Here’s what happened – the lecturer stumbled upon the audience’s Attention Reset Button. So that’s what you need to do when you’re losing your audience. 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).

25 Ways to Make a Point

Manner of Speaking

Audience participation. And, not every idea will be appropriate for every audience or occasion. Delivery audience Communication creativity J. One of the many public speaking resources that I consult regularly is an email newsletter from J. Gamache , an internationally acclaimed bilingual (French and English) speaker who finished 3rd in the 2001 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. . In a recent email , J.

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).

First session of Outstanding Presentations Workshop off to a great start!

PowerPoint Tips

Carmen created a lively webinar by inviting lots of audience participation via the chat box. In other words, put your attention on the audience more than on the presentation. The webinar audience viewed the many examples of wabi sabi images and commented on them.

Tip bonanza: Top 10 posts & guest posts on The Eloquent Woman 2015

The Eloquent Woman

4 risks when you assume your audience knows what you know cautions about this common assumption and how it can change what you present. What if the audience already knows everything I have to say?

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How to make your panel more fun

Speak Schmeak

Sure, a couple of people on the panel made jokes here and there, and the audience laughed from time to time. Asking for audience participation is always good practice in a presentation, and it's good practice on a panel as well.

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How to Deliver a First-Rate Online Presentation

Professionally Speaking...

If you’ve made a presentation to an online audience you’ve no doubt noticed that connecting with and engaging that audience can be challenging. The beauty of an online presentation is that it’s built for two-way communication to allow you to easily interact with your audience.

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Public Speaking Skills - Question-and-Answer Sessions

Great Public Speaking

Question-and-answer sessions are great opportunities to show off your sense of humor, get audience participation, and make two powerful closings.

Famous Speech Friday: Evita Peron's 1951 Renunciamiento

The Eloquent Woman

To many in her audience, her emotional language made her sound more like a mother or a saintly sister than a politician. There's all kinds of reasons to pause in a speech, like giving yourself time to take a breath or building in a space for audience participation.

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Famous Speech Friday: Hillary Clinton's concession speech

The Eloquent Woman

Here's what worked so well about this speech: She shortened the distance between herself and her audience: Clinton closed the gap in two ways, physically and with her words. It's why the speech works--not just for the audience, but in positioning her for her next steps.

Should you display the live twitter stream on a large screen?

Speaking about Presenting

Now the question is: should you display a live twitter stream on a large screen so that everyone (not just the tweeters) in the audience can see it? Which is not to say that everyone found the Twitterfall display useful: some participants, for example, did find the display distracting.

Lessons from a drag queen

Speak Schmeak

Our very own diva, Cassidy Live performers know that the best way to get the audience's engagement is to include them in the show, whether it's making them feel like a rock star when they sing along, asking them questions that they can answer with a cheer, or bringing them onstage to participate.

Late Night Comedy Writing Packet

Pro Humorist

As well as ideas for desk pieces, audience participation, etc. Well, I finally finished putting together my generic Late Night Comedy Writing packet. I finished it back in November, and now have a potential sample that I can tweak if I decide to look for Late Night writing jobs. I can thoroughly recommend buying a copy of late night comedy writer, Joe Toplyn’s book. Which is reviewed here: Comedy Writing for Late Night.

The Interactive Approach to Doing a Presentation

Pivotal Public Speaking

Even if you are already an engaging presenter, add more audience participation. Tags: audience in public speaking public speaking audience It will help the people you’re talking to remember more of your content. Here are some ways to add variety and help people remember the important points that you are trying to make. They are especially effective in a learning or problem-solving situation.

Famous Speech Friday: Danielle George's Royal Institution Lecture

The Eloquent Woman

Her "Sparks Will Fly" series is a rollicking good time of visually dazzling experiments, enthusiastic audience participation, and a London-wide stage that includes an office building turned into a video game and guests beamed in via hologram.

9 Tips for Enriching Your Presentations With Social Media

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Pioneer presenters are using social media to engage their audience and extend the reach of their ideas. Twitter Twitter , Facebook Facebook , and numerous custom online tools allow presenters to create a backchannel for their audience’s ideas and feedback.

9 Tips for Enriching Your Presentations With Social Media

http://delicious.com/akarrer/prospeaker

Pioneer presenters are using social media to engage their audience and extend the reach of their ideas. Twitter Twitter , Facebook Facebook , and numerous custom online tools allow presenters to create a backchannel for their audience’s ideas and feedback.

What’s my best presentation tip for the presentations that you do?

Speaking about Presenting

It’s like resetting the audience’s attention meter to zero. It’s a shift from a one-way presentation to a two-way dialog between you and the audience. See this post on involving the audience in particular. Every type of presentation has its own challenges.

How to handle a texting audience

Speaking about Presenting

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. Tags: Audience

Prompt Your Audience to Respond: Ask Questions!

DeFinis Communications

We’ve all seen speakers who seem to know exactly how to get an audience energized. These speakers have an effortless, intuitive sense that enables them to keep a connection with any audience. And they often use powerful questioning techniques to help them prompt audience involvement. . Let’s look at the direct and rhetorical question to see how these tools can help you keep your audience engaged. . It is an important tool for keeping the audience engaged. .

It’s Behind You! The Christmas Panto

Pro Humorist

Pantomimes, or Pantos for short, usually incorporate singing, dancing, buffoonery, slapstick, cross-dressing, topical references, audience participation, and mild sexual innuendo. Today is Panto Day!