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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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. When someone hears a question they automatically start formulating an answer even if they don’t verbalize it.

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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.

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.

3 Keys to a Powerful Opening — Even If You “Put Audiences to Sleep”

Succeed Speaking

And I’m an academic, so I put audiences to sleep for free.&# – Dr. Elliot Krane, TED, March 2011. The audience was immediately engaged. Never waste an opening moment with a “Hello&# or a “Good to be here!&# — connect with your audience immediately.

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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. The article reports that viewers “tend to blink at the same time ,” and that, “Even their brain activity is, to a remarkable degree, synchronized.”.

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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

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Playing with audience perceptions of size

The Presenter's Blog

Here’s an example of a recent conversation I had with the receptionist of a hotel that I was checking into: “Good evening Mr Watts. You lead your audience down the steps, instead of up them. Always be aware of which end of the telescope you’re asking your audience to look through.

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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 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.

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.

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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 want to fast-forward you?

Speaking about Presenting

So when you’re presenting, how do you make sure that your audience doesn’t think about pressing your fast-forward button? Just deliver the briefest of explanations and observe your audience to tell whether they’ve got it or not. Audiences want value.

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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.

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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? She responded, "I don't even know what 'hosted in the cloud' means. And to be honest, your audience might not ask.

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

It might even be kind of pretty. 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.

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Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

the audience will never know the difference. Macabre mispronunciation This speaker mispronounces even the most common words. "A" Pronouncing words correctly keeps your audience from howling in agony.

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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

You don't need to revere your audience. When people are dealing with heavy issues, the last thing they need is a speaker who brings them down even more, or walks on eggshells around them. If it's a situation you've experienced, even better, because you're all in it together.

The sobering truth about what an audience remembers

Speaking about Presenting

In this post, I want to explore what audience members remember from a presentation, using the first three keynotes of the conference as my examples. Audience members were immediately able to say to me that Garr’s message was “Be like bamboo”.

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Address your audience's fears up front

Speak Schmeak

Before we even begin, we know there is resistance, hostility, distraction, disbelief or suspicion in the room. 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.

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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. You can even make a special hashtag phrase that relates to your presentation to make monitoring easy. Audience Response Systems.

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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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Are You Wasting Your Audience's Time?

Speak and Deliver

Maybe you even started a computer company out of your garage and became a multi-zillionaire! You might even get hired a lot. People may even love you, and talk about meeting you, and Facebook a picture of you standing next to them.or You've got such an amazing story.

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Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

I can be a bit jaded when I watch presenters, as sometimes I feel that I'm seeing recycled bits from other presenters, over and over and over, not even presented in a fresh way. He was constantly asking the audience questions , inviting our participation.

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Do the same old clichés motivate your audience?

Speak Schmeak

How does your audience respond to the same old clichés? Even if you do buy coffee every day (or even once a month, which seems to be what the magazine is getting at), it seems that we've heard this one so many times that it's lost all meaning.

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What does your audience really expect of you? Guest post by Barry Potyondi

Speak Schmeak

Regardless of the speaking opportunity, every audience wants the same three things from a speaker: Clarity How many times have you listened to a speech and come away thinking, “What on earth was he trying to say?”

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Audience Motivation Secrets for Speakers and Presenters

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

My suggestions seemed to hit home with her, and she even mentioned how useful they had been on the end of course evaluation form, so I thought I should share my audience motivation tips you too. Tip 1 - Pace and Lead for Audience Motivation.

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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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Practical Audience Engagement Ideas For Public Speakers

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

I didn’t think so, so why is it that so many public speakers fall into the trap of conducting a monologue with their audience? Do they lack audience engagement ideas ? Common excuses that poor presenters use for not interacting with their audiences. Scared of the audience.

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Keep your audience riveted by adding anticipation to storytelling

PowerPoint Tips

When you tell a story, you can keep your audience glued to their seats by starting the story, interrupting it, telling them you’ll finish it at the end and then going on to other material. You can use it for training, sales, and even internal proposal and progress presentations.

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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. You can even make a special hashtag phrase that relates to your presentation to make monitoring easy. Audience Response Systems. Need more audience engagement?

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5 Ways to Woo an Unfamiliar Audience

SketchBubble

Public speaking can be frightening, even when done in front of people you know, like your coworkers. However, it can be downright terrifying and equally difficult to present to an unfamiliar audience.

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Relating to the audience, TEDxWomen-style

Speak Schmeak

But the only way you will connect with your audience is through emotion. But if the audience doesn't CARE about what you're saying, you've failed. Matt Petersen, of Global Green USA , choked up when he talked about women he met in the Congo who were still able to dance joyfully, even after surviving multiple rapes. Stories help audiences relate to a speaker. Stories paint mental pictures of things your audience can't see in person.

Do you have a parental attitude toward your audience?

Speak Schmeak

As speakers, we often approach our audiences like children. After all, I'm pretty sure most of my audiences need training on how to create more effective PowerPoint presentations. does not serve the audience. We know what's best for them.

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4 Types of Audience Tension or A Review from an Evening with Ed Tate

Speak and Deliver

While I had heard most of his information before, he did bring up one gem I hadn't - the Four Types of Audience Tension. Audience v. Bear in mind, of course, I wasn't his target audience - I'm already a fan. What are you doing to overcome that initial tension with your audiences?

Everybody can get better. Even the most experienced presenters can.

Communication Steroids

Even the most experienced presenters can learn new techniques that improve their skills. Our company has a contract to offer tips and techniques to a group of experienced professional consultants; a room full of men and women who routinely stand before an audience.

I'm my own worst audience member

Speak Schmeak

If you know me even a little, you know my phone is my lifeline to Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, my husband, my friends and my life. Okay, I had my laptop in my room, but I had to wait until evening to access it.) And then I realized: I'm my own worst audience member.

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How to Engage the Audience When Your Data is the Story

Presentation Guru

How can presenters keep an audience engaged when going over large sets of data?

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Are you making excuses to avoid your audience?

Speak Schmeak

The conversation yesterday started with my client telling me that he would like to be more personable, and that he has trouble making eye contact with the audience. 1) Interacting with the audience before and after you speak is part of your job.

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