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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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

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.

2014 243

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.

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.

2019 95

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 176

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!

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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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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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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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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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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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 93

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 254

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 189

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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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 82

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

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

2011 285

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.

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 71

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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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

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

Dealing with a distressed audience

Speak Schmeak

I'm talking about those times when your audience is in distress or distracted because of something that's happened (or is going to happen) at their workplace, in the community, or in the world. Sometimes we have to give a presentation under less than optimal circumstances.

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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

Three tips for directing your audience's response

Speak Schmeak

Have you ever asked your audience a question, only to be bombarded with personal stories and responses that shifted the direction of where you wanted to go? Audience involvement is a critical part of any presentation. You also improve the collective experience of the audience.

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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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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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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.

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 91

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 71

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.

Make your audience feel like rock stars

Speak Schmeak

Have you noticed that, at many or most concerts (I don't have a scientific number, but let's just say many), the band holds the microphone out to the audience at some point for them to sing? The audience members are already singing, of course. Invite your audience to "sing."

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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 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.