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.

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.

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.

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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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. Realize that a presentation or speech is about sharing ideas, not sentences.

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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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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. Realize that a presentation or speech is about sharing ideas, not sentences.

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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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How to make a good (or bad) presentation

Presentation Zen

Activity For the activity I ask students to break up into groups of 4-5 to share their ideas—based on their experience—on what makes for a good presentation and what makes for a bad presentation. Students listing their ideas on the whiteboard.

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25 Ways to Make a Point

Manner of Speaking

Audience participation. Of course, we would not likely use all of these ideas in a single speech or presentation (unless, for example, we were leading a multi-day workshop). And, not every idea will be appropriate for every audience or occasion. The idea for this post came from “Speaking in Public with ?J.A.&# Delivery audience Communication creativity J.

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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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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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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. It’s also a good idea to have pre-informed that first person in the chain about what’s going to happen. 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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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. In a future post, I’ll talk more about some of the ideas from his talk. Just care for your audience.

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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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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. Find out what you can about their ideas, their personalities and their positions on the topics you'll be discussing on the panel.

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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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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. I love to know how they respond to my topic and my ideas, and I'm constantly asking for their experiences and their thoughts.

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.

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. Find out what you can about their ideas, their personalities and their positions on the topics you'll be discussing on the panel.

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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. I love to know how they respond to my topic and my ideas, and I'm constantly asking for their experiences and their thoughts.

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. .

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In praise of parliamentary rowdiness

Max Atkinson

Many of us think ideas must be aggressively scrutinised and don't hate the rumpus." Rowdiness and the debate about broadcasting parliament My research into speaker-audience interaction started fairly soon after broadcasts from the House of Commons first began (radio only) in 1975.

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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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How to get a standing ovation

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  You put yourself and your ideas on the line; who wouldn’t want to close on a roar of approval and an audience that surges to its feet to express its love and admiration?    If you’re talking to an internal audience about declining customer satisfaction, say, then you want a story about a specific customer who was unhappy because of something an employee did or didn’t do.    Then talk about a problem the audience has.  

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Social Media Inspired PowerPoint Design for 2009

More than PowerPoint...

Lots of great ideas!) Presentations will be designed with audience participation -- and push back -- in mind. I prefer design that inspires action and meaningful audience participation. The more people use Twitter, the more your audience will come to expect powerful brevity in all communication media. Meet Your Audience. While you're speaking, your audience can give you feedback on your performance.

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Presesntation Tip #53: Passion

Executive Speech Coach

Passion can help energize you to prepare and deliver your presentation - especially if you need to deliver your message repeatedly or to challenging audiences. Passion as perceived by your audience can help engage and persuade them. Your audience might ignite their own passion for your cause if you have connected in the right way. He bounds onto the stage only after a rising roar from the audience of "Tony! It depends on the individual, situation and audience.

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The first time

Public Speaking Advice and Commentary

  Of course, the audience doesn’t know what it hasn’t seen before, so it won’t be anything like as aware of your gaffes as you are.    I had to structure the speech properly, I had to rehearse, I had to focus on the audience – or I wouldn’t even be taking my own advice.    Note to self:  Audience participation is high risk-high reward. 

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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

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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.

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.

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What if you had to speak without your slides and charts?

The Eloquent Woman

Here's a start at brainstorming other ways to get your data across when using charts isn't possible: Use the audience. You can use audience participation to make a much more dynamic--and memorable--visual or verbal substitute for your charts. Compare with the live audience.

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Polishing your public speaking: "I may be too casual about my approach"

The Eloquent Woman

Perhaps it is because my audience is typically 17-22 year-olds, who sometimes show up in their pjs or torn-up jeans? I guess I am looking for ways in which I can be sure to stay professional - no matter my audience. Don't underestimate your audience.

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Speaking Rules Shot Down with Stand Up Comedy – How to Survive.

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

Here were some of the lessons we managed to milk from the experience: Setting – Know What Your Audience Unlike a normal meeting or training seminar where the audience are seated and prepared to listen to your for hours, the audience listening to you in during a Stand Up gig aren’t as patient. Building up your jokes with long stories run the risk of losing your audience and it’s a risky tool to use to generate interest! What Does the Audience Want?

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All About Presentations: Checklist for Presentations

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To a small group or a large audience. How much do you know about the audience? What does the audience expect? What is the main idea/ theme? What should the audience remember? Keep the audience informed. Engage the audience.

8 things I learnt about using twitter as a participation tool : Speaking about Presenting

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Home Presentation eBook Blog About Best Posts Content PowerPoint Nervousness Delivery Audience Contact Browse > Home / Audience / 8 things I learnt about using twitter as a participation tool 8 things I learnt about using twitter as a participation tool March 1, 2009 by Olivia Mitchell Welcome to this blog - my aim is to make a difference to the success of your presentations. But thinking through how non-tweeters are going to participate is important.

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Designing Choreographies for the New Economy of Attention

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The present essay grows out of a project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities where we are studying the integration methods of remote participation and digital backchannels into live scholarly events ( [link] ). The audience is responsible to attend and remain attentive.

How to Present While People are Twittering | Pistachio

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Photo credit : Pete Lambert Benefits of the back channel to the audience As a presenter, the idea of presenting while people are talking about you is disconcerting. It helps audience members focus As a presenter, you might be worried that the back-channel will be distracting.

Five Ways to Speak Like Obama | BNET

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20)return;setTimeout(function(){f(o+1)},o Google StumbleUpon Newsvine Facebook LinkedIn Digg My Yahoo Technorati Reddit Print Recommend 100 Five Ways to Speak Like Obama by Sims Wyeth Tags: Body Language , Attention , Audience , Obama , Calmness , Barack Obama , Public Speaking , Leadership , Presentations , Speech Writing , Speech Giving , Sims Wyeth Now that weve got your attention, you should realize, of course, that you dont want to speak like Barack Obama.

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