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. No matter how valuable your content, if your audience won’t understand and remember it, it’s useless. It’s your job to engage the attention of your audience. Can you inspire your audience? Always think that your audience is saying, “So what?”

2019 155

Your audience wants meaning before detail

Manner of Speaking

Yet, when it comes to presentations, too many speakers jump straight into the details – and keep layering on more details – without first laying the foundation with what they will be talking about and why it is important for the audience.

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Your audience wants meaning before detail

Manner of Speaking

Yet, when it comes to presentations, too many speakers jump straight into the details – and keep layering on more details – without first laying the foundation with what they will be talking about and why it is important for the audience.

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.

2018 116

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

2017 186

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 197

Can your audience identify themselves?

Speak Schmeak

If you want to deliver a more meaningful and memorable message to your audiences—however you choose to speak it—reach out and let's schedule a time to chat about your needs! I had a revelation a couple of years ago.

Connect with Your Virtual Audience – Use Compelling Touch Points

DeFinis Communications

Giving a great virtual presentation is all about connecting with your audience, right? One way to increase engagement and connect with your virtual audience is to craft compelling touch points into every presentation. They are the secret sauce of audience involvement.

2020 130

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!

2018 179

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. If our too-polite audience could tell us their concerns directly, what would they say? Presentation Feedback The Audience audience presentations Dear Presenter, You suck.

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? Emerging Speaker Rising Superstar Speaker Seasoned Speaker Speaking Business Strategy audience find your perfect audience perfect audience pick a lane speaker speaking engagement speaking gigs target audience target market Wealthy Speaker

2019 60

Six ways to hook the audience from the beginning

Manner of Speaking

You get one chance to make a good first impression, so you want to hook the audience with your opening words. An audience’s attention is usually at its highest just before you begin. And when the audience starts to disengage early, it is a challenge to win them back.

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. I’ve written about this as well, in a much older tip called “ Get your audience’s attention by adding anticipation.” Now, the audience wants to know what the 3 steps are.The empty circles are intriguing, yes?

2013 171

The Audience in Online Speaking

The Communication Blog

The following post was sent to the basic course list (Basiccc@lists.udayton.edu) 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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10 Webinar Tips That Will Keep Your Audience Engaged

Presentation Guru

Wouldn’t it be great if you could grab and hold your audience’s attention through-out the webinar? … The post 10 Webinar Tips That Will Keep Your Audience Engaged first appeared on Presentation Guru.

2020 78

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. This idea that I have to see it to believe it stretches from ancient history to modern times.…

2018 50

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

2019 61

Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A. Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful. Audience Response Systems. At the other end of the technology spectrum are Audience Response Systems (ARS). Need more audience engagement?

2014 197

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.

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. If you need a little extra help enchanting your next audience -- and who doesn't -- go get Kawasaki's book and take your enchantment quotient to a new level.

How to Attract Your Perfect Audience

Speaker Launcher

There are two steps to her approach that you should also keep in mind as a speaker who is looking to attract your perfect audience. The post How to Attract Your Perfect Audience appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Speaking Business Strategy find your perfect audience ideal client saying no Working with ClientsSinger Arianna Grande broke off her engagement to actor Pete Davidson, and instead of saying, “Goodbye, you goofball,” she said, “Thank you. Next!”

2019 66

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. What''s the best way to make sure you''re not overwhelming the audience? If you do your job, and the audience is engaged, intrigued and inspired, they will seek you out for more.

2014 152

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

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. The book’s tagline, “Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences&# , gives a clue to two themes that Nancy emphasizes throughout the book: (1) stories convey meaning; and (2) the audience is the hero. 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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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. Fast forward to June 18 of this year, when Ballmer stood in front of an audience of reporters and bloggers to announce the launch of Surface , Microsoft’s new tablet PC. When you watch the presentation , you’ll notice that the entire production—from the messaging to the staging—was choreographed with both audiences in mind.

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. By starting with the most dramatic term and then running the sequence backwards you effectively place your audience’s eye to the big end of the telescope and have them perceive the subject radically reduced. by Peter Watts. Size is relative to the words you use.

2013 183

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. Sometimes audience expectations can be downright unrealistic.like wanting to master a new skill in a way-too-short time frame or expecting information that is not yet available for release. Here is an integrated approach to managing any audience's expectations.

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. Tell stories that illustrate your points so that your audience can apply your concepts to real-life situations. Ask a lot of questions and listen to your audiences'' stories to help them discover how their experiences tie into your main points.

2015 152

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. Ask yourself, “What does my audience really need to know about my topic?” These smaller segments will make it easier for your audience to follow and increase the likelihood they’ll stay engaged.

2016 100

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. If you aren’t interesting, you won’t be heard. If you’re not heard, you’ll be forgotten. If you’re forgotten, you’re done.

2018 62

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. If any of those scenarios sound familiar, stop a moment and consider the benefits of actively listening to your audience: lets you know if the audience understands your message as they feed back questions or thoughts about what you've said.

2010 162

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. Audience Engagement Presentations TipsThere’s a saying, “people don’t care what you know until they know how much you care.”

2018 61

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. I find it helpful to print out this “Audience Needs Map” as I’m writing a presentation. What is Your Audience Like? . Statistics are a great place to begin exploring the make-up of your audience. Why is Your Audience Here?

2018 66

Using Humour When Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Manner of Speaking

One of the tips that I mentioned in that post was the importance of using humour carefully when addressing an audience of non-native speakers. A few people have asked whether I had an example of a situation when humour worked well when speaking to a predominantly foreign audience. The Iranians in the audience very much appreciated the effort. Well, to my delight (and relief), the audience burst out into laughter.

2012 185

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. He’s popularised performance psychology and brought millions of readers to consider such fundamental human questions as: Q.What’s the difference between Bill Gates and me?

2018 59

What Can Your Audience Absorb?

Professionally Speaking...

When we prepare a presentation, in our enthusiasm for and expertise in our topic, we often disregard our audience's capacity to absorb information. Instead of dazzling our audiences with our knowledge and depth of understanding, and motivating them to buy into our message, too frequently we create audience confusion and overload. WHAT AFFECTS AUDIENCE ABSORPTION? Other variables that affect audience absorption are: Rate of Speech.

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. We speak over our audiences'' heads, we give far too much detail, and we pack our presentations so full of information that our audiences leave numb and slack-jawed from the mental barrage. What does the audience really need, want and care about?

2014 151

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. … Performance Rehearsal Understand your Audience Audience Connection featured Presenting in English

2018 60

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. One of my favorites techniques, however, is using a call to action because the closing of a speech is your chance to motivate your audience.

2014 187

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. Authenticity Connection Presence stage presence Uncategorized being with audiences Communication Confidence Leadership presence Presentation style Public Speaking Course

2014 131

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 you think about your audience from this perspective, a number of things happen: It's much harder to be nervous or not fully engaged because you shift your focus away from you and to the audience. When someone gives us a gift we generally feel: happy. grateful.

2012 125

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. Clearly this benefits both the presenter, by allowing her to reach more of the audience, and the participants, who experience a richer dialogue. The Audience Twitter backchannel New York Times Twitter

Top Tech Tools to Build Audience Engagement

DeFinis Communications

Imagine knowing your audience members’ questions while you’re speaking and being able to address them on the spot, before the Q&A. Imagine having an audience truly engaged from your first word to your last, because you know without a doubt that you’re delivering the information they find most useful. Audience Response Systems. At the other end of the technology spectrum are Audience Response Systems (ARS). Need more audience engagement?

2014 143