Don’t blow it with your audience

Manner of Speaking

The graduates had taken their seats, the audience was settled in, the three-piece orchestra had just finished the last of its pieces. Everything … Continue reading → Delivery audience Microphone presentations public speakingLast week I attended the graduation ceremony for the class of a business school where I teach.

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What if we put the audience first?

Manner of Speaking

What if we stopped thinking of the audience as the number of seats filled? What if we started thinking about the audience as individuals who are giving us 15 minutes, 30 minutes, one hour of their time? Time that they … Continue reading → Audience audience Presentation public speaking

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Sawubona: ‘See’ Your Audience

Presentation Guru

… Understand your Audience Audience Connection featured Understand your audienceAccording to the popular adage, “seeing is believing.” In other words, if you see something yourself, you will believe it to be real or true, even if the existence of that thing was unexpected.

2018 56

12 ways to p**s off your audience

Manner of Speaking

Why make an effort for your audience when you can just p**s them off? There are so many things you can do to anger, frustrate and confuse an audience. If you’re struggling for … Continue reading → Humour audience Presentation public speakingToo difficult, you say? Not at all!

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What Bugs Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

Sincerely, Your Audience. Luckily most of our audiences are too polite or professional to write such a letter but that doesn''t mean they don''t want to. Business audiences across the globe complain about the same presenter shortcomings, yet somehow we presenters don''t get the message.

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.

2017 99

Drowning your audience? Try these 3 livesavers.

Speak Schmeak

And these comments come with an exasperated tone and a clear disappointment in the audience, that the audience is just too clueless to understand without lots of lecturing. What does the audience really need, want and care about?

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Intrigue your audience

PowerPoint Tips

If you can intrigue your audience, you will engage them and maintain their attention. ” What Sam Horn adds is a style that intrigues the audience, using questions and inviting the audience to imagine the solution. Can you think of ways to intrigue your audience?

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Do your audience's filters override your message?

Speak Schmeak

Here's the thing: Your audience is ALWAYS going to interpret your stories and your message through their own filters, their own background, and their own lifetime of knowledge and experience. Your audience is already interpreting your message through their multiple filters.

2016 173

Is your audience suffering an engagement drought?

Speak Schmeak

For speakers, there are also many, many ways to achieve your goal of engaging an audience. Give your audience lots of activities to do in pairs and groups and get them to report back their results and solutions. One solution to the drought: Succulents!

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

Don’t panic, but if you want to engage your audience in a presentation, you have about 30 seconds to make it happen. Over the years, Duarte’s studied thousands of effective presentations that have kept audiences engaged, engrossed, and even on the edge of their seats.

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. If the audience is talking it’s much harder for them to dis-engage.

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7 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Keep Your Audience Hooked

Presentation Guru

There’s nothing worse than realising mid-presentation that your audience is asleep. … Performance Role Models Write Great Speeches Audience Connection Body Language featured Hook your Audience Making it Memorable

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How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

Duarte Blog

That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. The post How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations appeared first on Duarte.

2018 52

Enchanting Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

APPLICATION: Do your homework and uncover the needs of your audience before you even start creating your presentation. Rehearse adequately so you are comfortable with what you're going to say and can focus on interacting with the audience.

How To Speak So You Engage Your Exceedingly Restless Millennial Audience

Presentation Guru

… Understand your Audience Audience Connection credibility featured Making it Memorable Millenials“If the stereotype of Gen Y is one who is spoilt, irresponsible and immediate gratification based, Benjamin Loh defies all that!”

2017 82

Infographics Help Audiences Visualize Data

Professionally Speaking...

The likelihood of your audience extracting the significant facts from this data dump is low. Infographics help an audience better understand complicated data and see patterns and trends.

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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.

Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

When your audience members arrive, do they feel welcome? Do you introduce yourself to some audience members so you know a few people's names and can refer back to them during the presentation? Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience The Business of Speaking

How To Get Instant Feedback From Your Audience

Presentation Guru

Getting your audience engaged is the most important things you can do when presenting. We once published an article on Zeetings, a program that lets the audience become part of the story by using an interactive program directly from their smartphones.

2017 91

Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

You don't need to revere your audience. Revering the topic so much that your presentation is 110% earnest and serious will just bum out your audience. Make sure the humor is universal enough that the audience can relate to you.

Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

When your audience members arrive, do they feel welcome? Do you introduce yourself to some audience members so you know a few people's names and can refer back to them during the presentation? Quick Fixes Engaging the Audience The Business of Speaking

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 Easy-to-Use Solutions to Boost Your Audience Engagement

Presentation Guru

… Performance Software Technology Audience Connection featured Hook your Audience Interaction presentation technology QuestionsThe key to a good presentation isn’t knowing all the facts. It’s not even putting all the facts into a shiny, pretty PowerPoint or whizzy Prezi document.

2017 54

October 12for12 Challenge: Increase audience engagement

Speak Schmeak

Now, for our tenth challenge: Increase your audience engagement. If there's one thing you've read on my blog over and over, it's "engage the audience." You view your audience as an empty vessel waiting to be filled with your knowledge and wisdom. 12for12 Engaging the Audience

How to Master Audience Engagement When You Present

Duarte Blog

Don’t panic, but if you want to engage your audience in a presentation, you have a little less than 9 seconds to make it happen. Over the years, Duarte’s studied thousands of effective presentations that have kept audiences engaged, engrossed, and even on the edge of their seats.

Frank Sinatra Demonstrates Audience Engagement Effortlessly

Speaking Freely

If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. The post Frank Sinatra Demonstrates Audience Engagement Effortlessly appeared first on Speaking Freely.

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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

You don't need to revere your audience. Revering the topic so much that your presentation is 110% earnest and serious will just bum out your audience. Make sure the humor is universal enough that the audience can relate to you.

Presentation Barriers: Audience Attitudes

Professionally Speaking...

To end this series, I want to look at how audience attitudes can also create presentation barriers for the speaker. The proper preparation for any presentation is analyzing our audience -- their existing knowledge of the topic, how they feel about it and what they need to know to make the information relevant to them. So our job is to try and get inside the minds of the audience. APATHY It's easy to take offense at disinterest from the audience.

Are you answering your audience's #1 question?

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever been in the audience when a speaker was "preaching to the choir?" Some of us, as speakers, are lucky enough to have audiences like that all the time, but most of us usually have some occasional or frequent persuading to do. Your audience is constantly asking "So what?"

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Presentation Tip: Actively Listen to Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

The savvy presenter knows that practicing active listening skills is a powerful way to engage an audience. you might have prepared a lot of information which you feel compelled to deliver to the audience, leaving little time for others' opinions.

Your Audience’s Audience

Duarte Blog

In 2006, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stood in front of an audience of software developers and thanked them for building applications that run on Windows. In many cases, it’s your audience’s audience that needs to hear your message.

Your stats are paralyzing your audience

Speak Schmeak

And unfortunately, just because those numbers are meaningful to you, it doesn''t mean they''re at all fathomable to your audience. The speakers who are most successful at conveying their numbers are the ones who make the numbers manageable for an audience.

2014 165

7 Questions to Ask About Your Audience Before You Present

Duarte Blog

That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. The post 7 Questions to Ask About Your Audience Before You Present appeared first on Duarte.

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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. The post 10 Ways to Interact With Audience Members While You Present appeared first on Duarte.

2017 52

Playing with audience perceptions of size

The Presenter's Blog

By arranging terms in a sequence of increasing strength, the audience finds themselves looking at the topic through a telescope; they put their eye to the small end and see the subject matter magnified out of the big end. You lead your audience down the steps, instead of up them.

2013 182

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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Audience feedback!

Pivotal Public Speaking

audience in public speaking public speaking audience listening quotationsWe learn what we have said from those who listen to our speaking. Kenneth Patton.

Can audience introductions work?

Speak Schmeak

And I realized that, because this seminar was about facilitating connections, it made perfect sense for the food industry audience to know who was in the room. Here's an example of something that shouldn't have worked in an hour-long presentation, but it did.

What's best for the audience?

Speak Schmeak

While discussing audience engagement strategies the other day, a client suggested that these strategies might not work for her kinds of audiences, especially at scientific conferences, where there are standard protocols. In that sense, an engaging opening is what your audience wants.