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. The approach he took was to get us all to participate in his talk by using a quiz format. The result was a high level of audience participation from everyone in the room.

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. Tags: Audience

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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. Ask a question and toss the ball to a participant. When they've answered the question, they will toss it to another participant. What are your tricks for encouraging audience participation?

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. Here was his question: How can I involve my audience in the presentation? I want the audience to feel like it’s a conversation, not like they are being “talked at&# for 45 minutes. How to get people to participate.

Audience participation in public speaking

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Audience polling Easily done to get a quick poll of the audience. Hands up in the room all those that have or Those people that think they inclined to do this, could you please stand up or if you like that ideacheer now Moving amongst audience With a roving microphone you can occasionally move into your audience just like Jerry Springer or Opra Winfrey. Ask questions of the audience Easy to do in smaller groups, when training, for example.

Public Speaking Commentary: The Third Era?

Successful Speeches Blog

Tags: Opinion Political Speeches Presentation Skills Public Speaking Rhetorical Devices Scripting Your Speech Speech Writing Uncategorized Audience Involvement Audience Participation Public Speaking Tips

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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. Your audience may think they're going to hate yet another speaker. Customization Love your Message Rap I hate Rap Audience Participation Enthusiasm XFactor AstroI hate rap. Always have.

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Presentation Tip: Don't Talk So Much

Professionally Speaking...

There are likely diverse reasons for a presenter''s belief that except for a brief Q&A, he must be the one to deliver all the presentation content: it''s always been done this way; the audience came to hear my expertise; I won''t be able to get back on track if the audience starts talking; I''ll lose too much time and won''t be able to get through my presentation. Dialogue and discussion are more beneficial to an audience than listening to a talking head.

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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. I was getting good at the Toastmaster style of speaking – but that wasn’t helping me connect with my audience. When I first experimented talking to people – individual people in my audience – I felt like I was giving a speech for the first time.

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Book Review: 5 Steps To Conquer 'Death by PowerPoint'

Professionally Speaking...

Anyone who reads this blog knows my viewpoint on PowerPoint in presentations: it's generally used as a crutch by most business presenters to make sure they remember what to say, rather than as a mechanism to add additional clarification and depth to the presentation content for the audience. They hinder decision making.They crush audience participation. The Audience Can Take Notes.

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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.

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. Carmen Taran led off the 7-session, free series with an amazing presentation entitled, “How authentic are your presentations?

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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). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

2010 172

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. I was getting good at the Toastmaster style of speaking – but that wasn’t helping me connect with my audience. When I first experimented talking to people – individual people in my audience – I felt like I was giving a speech for the first time.

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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). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

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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.

6 Ways To Counteract Your Audience's Short Attention Span

Professionally Speaking...

We’ve known for some time that we need to capture our audience’s attention quickly and work hard to keep it by presenting our information in an engaging manner. Use closed and open ended questions to generate real participation. If the audience is talking it’s much harder for them to dis-engage. Ask yourself, “What does my audience really need to know about my topic?” Presentation Tips and Techniques The Audience attention span audience

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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. The emcee of the evening, Tootie, pulled out all the audience engagement tools, most notably humor (after all, it was a drag show).

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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.

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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.

2011 154

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 a graph showing the attention of university students during a 50 minute lecture – where the lecturer lost his audience (Reference: Hartley J and Davies I “Note taking: A critical review” Programmed Learning and Educational technology, 1978,15, 207-224). Here’s what happened – the lecturer stumbled upon the audience’s Attention Reset Button. Audience

2011 219

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. Watching it now, I see that I rambled too much, that my narrative kept falling under the weight of all my asides, that people in that audience didn’t get their $129 worth out of me. It feels like the performers or speaker are creating something new and special for their 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). are just there as examples of the questions you think the audience might have. Put yourself in your audience’s shoes and think of their top three questions. Audience analysis.

2010 127

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. Watching it now, I see that I rambled too much, that my narrative kept falling under the weight of all my asides, that people in that audience didn’t get their $129 worth out of me. It feels like the performers or speaker are creating something new and special for their audience.

2011 159

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. The emcee of the evening, Tootie, pulled out all the audience engagement tools, most notably humor (after all, it was a drag show).

2012 139

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. Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. His paintings are among the most recognizable of any great artist that has lived.

2012 219

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. Thanksgiving morning, and if you’re lucky enough not to be in the kitchen wrestling a turkey, then maybe you’re reclined in front of the TV and watching the floats glide down 6th Avenue. Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely American holidays. The day is heartwarming and kind.

2014 125

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. On the second day, I have students share with the class what they think are the elements of a good presentation and what they think are the kinds of things that make for a bad or ineffective presentation.

2014 87

Our Own American Idol

DeFinis Communications

People practiced their songs and skits; they worked on their timing and audience participation. The DeFinis-Lydon first annual Easter Brunch and Talent Show was a huge success! On Easter Sunday a family style version of American Idol (minus the crusty Simon Cowell) was served up by our guests who ranged in age from sixteen to eighty-five.

2010 126

The one thing the best presenters at SXSW 2010 have in common

Speaking about Presenting

They don’t care about themselves – they care about their audience, and they care passionately. But most important they cared about their message and about us as an audience. Then after 10 minutes of speaking he turned it over to Q&A – this is with an audience of two thousand people. When a woman was clearly struggling with nerves, he invited her to come up to him and just talk to him quietly and then he repeated the question and answered it to the whole audience.

2010 155

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. Part of the fun of Panto lies with the audience being familiar with the old comic routines and jokes and they are often disappointed when they don’t feature. Today is Panto Day!

2013 109

The two best alternatives to Twitter as a presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

Audience participation didn’t use to scale easily beyond a small group. Now, the backchannel allows every audience member, whatever the size of the group, to be an active participant. There wasn’t a good fit between the speakers at the conference and the audience and the backchannel descended into snarky chaos.). I don’t think this is particularly useful if you’re using Backnoise as a participation tool.

Interview: Matt Upton - Wisdom Coach

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

He brings to the audience participants his successes and failures with humor and professionalism allowing them to learn while enjoying their invested time.

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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. If your moderator is your only contact with the event, then also make sure to ask questions about who's expected to attend, so you can learn a thing or two about the prospective audience. 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 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. Open your presentation and start to establish rapport with your audience, and then say: “I notice many of you are using your phones and laptops. He says to his audience: “Here’s a deal. Tags: Audience

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5 Ways To Integrate Twitter Into Your Presentations

Professionally Speaking...

In a previous post, I explored common concerns about Twitter usage in presentations and concluded that Twitter offers many benefits in terms of audience involvement and engagement. But that's not as engaging for participants, you'll likely get more detail in a tweet and the tweets will be archived, allowing you to refer back to them. You could even ask for a volunteer from the audience.

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. Why most attempts at audience participation fail and what to do about it. Every type of presentation has its own challenges.

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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. The first question doesn't give the audience an opportunity to answer, beyond nodding their heads and responding internally. I got frustrated because I wanted to participate but couldn't.

The two best alternatives to Twitter as a presentation backchannel

Speaking about Presenting

Audience participation didn’t use to scale easily beyond a small group. Now, the backchannel allows every audience member, whatever the size of the group, to be an active participant. There wasn’t a good fit between the speakers at the conference and the audience and the backchannel descended into snarky chaos.). I didn’t get the point of this, and certainly thought it would be a disadvantage in using Backnoise as a constructive participative backchannel.

3 things speakers should know about virtual presenting

Speaking about Presenting

Web seminars (AKA “webinars&# or “webcasts&# ) are online seminars or presentations used to synchronously engage remote audiences with any content that can be presented from a computer desktop. Participants engage aurally with audio conferencing using their telephones or computers with headset, and many solutions offer video to enhance the visual connection between presenters and audience members. Increase the frequency of audience participation.

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3 things speakers should know about virtual presenting

Speaking about Presenting

Web seminars (AKA “webinars&# or “webcasts&# ) are online seminars or presentations used to synchronously engage remote audiences with any content that can be presented from a computer desktop. Participants engage aurally with audio conferencing using their telephones or computers with headset, and many solutions offer video to enhance the visual connection between presenters and audience members. Increase the frequency of audience participation.

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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. With an actively tweeting audience, a twitter stream can move extremely fast. However, I think that Twitter can be a great audience participation tool.

Adopt a “Pay it Forward” Mindset for Your Next Company or Industry Presentation

DeFinis Communications

If you are one of the chosen few who will deliver a presentation at the annual meeting, give your audience something that is easy to digest and that will lighten their load. So there’s no need for you to tell the audience everything. No matter how much you believe your audience needs to hear everything from you, you’re just one vital piece of the puzzle. Build in audience participation and involvement: Deliver your message with a light and creative touch.

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