It’s about the audience

PowerPoint Tips

You’re always presenting for your audience. What type of presentation will give your audience the most value? Your content needs to be relevant to the needs and wants of your audience. It’s your job to engage the attention of your audience.

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Sawubona: See your audience

Manner of Speaking

I recently wrote a post for Presentation Guru on the importance of “seeing” your audience. Sawubona means, “I see … Continue reading → Audience Presentation Guru audience Orland Bishop Presentation public speaking SawubonaIt was based on the Zulu word sawubona. Zulu, or isiZulu, is one of South Africa’s official languages and is spoken by approximately 10 million people.

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Who Is Your Perfect Audience?

Speaker Launcher

Many of my readers have already honed in on their perfect audience. And Frank is all in on sales audiences. Defining your perfect audience is a crucial step in picking a lane. The post Who Is Your Perfect Audience?

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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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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.

2017 196

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.

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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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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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.

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Information doesn't excite your audience

Speak Schmeak

He told me he''s afraid that if he doesn''t give enough information, the audience won''t be as excited as he is. Information has never excited an audience, I''m sorry to say. All information does is overwhelm your audience.

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How to Encourage Audience Engagement and Follow-Up Questions

Presentation Guru

… Uncategorised Understand your Audience Events featured Hook your Audience Presentation Delivery read Technical Problems Understand your audience

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The Audience in Online Speaking

The Communication Blog

The following post was sent to the basic course list ( in response to a number of instructors explaining how they incorporated the live audience in an online public speaking course. Many (perhaps most), it seems, require the student to deliver the speech in front of a live audience which must be video scanned. If the aim of this requirement is to give the student practice in analyzing and adapting to an audience, it falls short.

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A Guide to Mastering Overcoming Audience Resistance

Duarte Blog

The audience is. The post A Guide to Mastering Overcoming Audience Resistance appeared first on Duarte. Audience Delivery Message Presentations audience presentation Resistance

2018 83

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.

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.

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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. Your audience is not you. What is Your Audience Like? . Why is Your Audience Here?

2018 107

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.

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!

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?

2014 257

Finding the Right Presentation Metaphors for Your Audience

Duarte Blog

But often it takes a little something more to engage an audience. The post Finding the Right Presentation Metaphors for Your Audience appeared first on Duarte. Audience Presentations Storytelling audience Big Idea HBR Idea ideas metaphor metaphors presentation storytelling

2018 83

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 Captivate and Persuade Your Audience with Transparency

Presentation Guru

… Persuasion Psychology Storytelling Audience Connection credibility Explaining Complex Subjects featuredGiving a presentation is like pulling up to a stranger in your car and yelling, “Hey, let’s go for a drive!“

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Malcolm Gladwell on Connecting with an Audience

Presentation Guru

… Authenticity Charisma Role Models Speakers Stories Audience Connection Being Authentic featuredYou know who he is. He’s the zeitgeist-shaping author of such popular classics as Outliers, The Tipping Point and Blink.

2018 78

If You Don’t Understand What the Audience Wants…

Presentation Guru

If you don’t understand what the audience wants, you can’t be relevant. … Speakers Understand your Audience Audience Connection Elsewhere on the Web Quotations Understand you audienceIf you can’t be relevant, you won’t be interesting.

2018 82

resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Manner of Speaking

Nancy Duarte’s latest work, resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences is such a book. We should take the audience on a journey from what is to what could be. Get to Know the Hero — The hero, of course, is the audience.

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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.

2017 103

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 238

Six Ways To Manage Audience Expectations

Professionally Speaking...

As a speaker, you will always deal with audience expectations. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they're always the lens through which the audience hears, interprets and values your message. Here is an integrated approach to managing any audience's expectations.

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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How to Use an Empathy Map to Understand Your Audience


Many presenters can face the dilemma of not truly understanding their audience, ending up with a presentation which no one is interested in and some might even get offended by. You can’t understand your audience just by assumptions. Understanding the Behavior of Your Audience.

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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.

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.

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.

So You Speak English – What If Your Audience Doesn’t?

Presentation Guru

Anyone who speaks to international audiences in English faces a particular set of challenges that can affect their confidence, and their competence. For the native English speakers, their lack of empathy for their audience can make them very difficult to understand, or even to like.

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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.

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

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.

How To Close A Speech That Brings Your Audience To Their Feet

Matt Eventoff

You’ve engaged your audience from the beginning of your presentation. There’s no question; the majority of your audience agrees with what you’re saying. How did your audience go from edge-of-your-seat to almost asleep? It’s the final impression you leave with your audience.

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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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How to Engage Your Audience Using Games and Other Fun Tools with Stephen Shapiro

Speaker Launcher

On this episode of The Wealthy Speaker Podcast we welcome Stephen who will share with us how he uses games and innovation to engage and inspire his audience. Since then he has published five more books and spoken to audiences in 50 different countries.

2019 83

Presentation Tip: The Audience's Gift to You

Professionally Speaking...

But this is not how we generally feel when we are standing in front of an audience and delivering a presentation. In fact, our audiences are giving us one of the most precious gifts of all -- their time. When someone gives us a gift we generally feel: happy. grateful. excited. humbled.

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Using Twitter to Enhance Audience Engagement

Professionally Speaking...

And when you think about it, educators have much the same aim as we presenters: to keep the audience interested and to encourage involvement and engagement with the topic. Both are concerned that the audience will be more distracted rather than more engaged.

Leap the first frontier: Connect early with your audience

The Presenter's Blog

To make an audience like and trust you early in a presentation is a holy grail. What we’re seeing is the behaviour of an audience who have just sat through the shared experience of a presentation (or film), and remained nicely isolated as solitary individuals. Audience: spellbound.

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