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.

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.

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

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.

Audience participation in public speaking

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Audience polling Easily done to get a quick poll of the audience. Tell stories These involve your audiences imagination, sense of humour and allows them to connect your world with theirs. 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. I hate rap. Always have.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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).

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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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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).

2010 215

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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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).

2010 164

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.

2011 209

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 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 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 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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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.

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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.

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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 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. The advent of the backchannel is a tremendous opportunity for presenters.

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 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

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.

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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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Navigating controversy

Speak Schmeak

In Hannah's case, there was no opportunity for audience interaction, but in a typical presentation setting when speaking on a difficult topic, you must always be prepared for hecklers and for challenging or hostile questions. Most important, never judge your audience for not "getting it."

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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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10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present

Duarte Blog

Presentation expert Clif Atkinson tells a great story about a 2009 education conference where two speakers got very different reactions from their audiences. All this to say that audience participation isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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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.

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.

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.