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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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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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 31

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 63

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.

2016 71

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.

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.

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 89

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.

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.

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 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 30

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 68

Movie Magic: How to Sync With Your Audience

Duarte Blog

Studies from Princeton professor Uri Hasson show that certain movies can actually synchronize the brains of the audience. Most presentations are rooted firmly in reality, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t create a cinematic experience for your audience.

2017 37

The Questions You Need To Ask To Really Know Your Audience

Presentation Guru

The ability to connect with your audience is imperative when presenting.

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.

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. Structure your Presentation to Keep the Audience Engaged. The most crucial step in engaging your audience is taken before your presentation begins, as you’re planning it. Segment the Audience.

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. Lackluster openings bore audiences, but there is a way to begin your presentation that will make audiences take notice: skip the formalities and say something that immediately engages them. Drawing your audience into your presentation is important.

2014 116

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.

Does your audience say you made their day?

Speak Schmeak

On a recent teleseminar, one of my participants mentioned that his audiences are frequently attending for CEUs, and that they weren''t particularly enthusiastic about being there. When our audiences are less than enthusiastic, it''s tempting to be unenthusiastic ourselves.

2013 56

Can your audience feel you?

Speak Schmeak

Because audiences want to see a flawless, restrained, professional, serious, business-appropriate presentation. Your audience wants a connection. When you hold back part of who you are, the emotional part, the audience only gets a part of the picture.

2011 58

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.

2014 95

7 ways to keep audience attention during your presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Keeping audience attention is more important and more difficult than grabbing audience attention. A reader emailed me: “What can I do to keep the audience’s attention through the whole of my presentation. Talk about something your audience is interested in.

2009 120

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 33

Leave your audience wanting more, not less

Speak Schmeak

While scrolling through channels looking for movies to record one weekend, I found the following one-line movie descriptions: 1. French policeman hounds bread thief for life 2. Victorian orphan drifts, finds good people 3. An enslaved British doctor turns Caribbean pirate 4.

2014 56

Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

Written by someone who's supposed to know that it's all about the audience. Do you know if your audience even understands what you're saying? And to be honest, your audience might not ask. Speak plain English to your audiences.

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."

You're in love with your data, but the audience isn't

Speak Schmeak

But guess what: Your audience doesn't love your stats, graphs and charts. Your chart doesn't tell your story, your graph doesn't persuade your audience, and your diagram doesn't motivate them to do anything. Technology Engaging the Audience PowerPoint Communication

2012 58

Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

the audience will never know the difference. Pronouncing words correctly keeps your audience from howling in agony. An attention-grabbing opening might keep your audience from running screaming from the twilight zone.

2013 50

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.

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.

Address your audience's fears up front

Speak Schmeak

Your audience won't be able to pay attention to a word you say if you don't address what's upsetting them right at the beginning. This simple opening relieved most of the tension in the room and I was able to continue on with my presentation with a much more open-minded audience.

2011 61

7 Tips to Ensure You’re Understood when Speaking to a Foreign Audience

Speaking about Presenting

The phrase “tough crowd” takes on an entirely new meaning, with deeper shades of terror-inducing nuances, when public speakers face an audience made up of individuals who do not share the cultural background and world-view of the person behind the microphone. Audience

2012 106

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 77

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?"

2013 33

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. Audience Response Systems. At the other end of the technology spectrum are Audience Response Systems (ARS). Need more audience engagement?

2014 57

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.

2012 70

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.

Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

He was constantly asking the audience questions , inviting our participation. That was a little disappointing, and it reminded me how much audience members like to share ! Jason's method shows that the audience is patient, and will wait for you.

2012 49