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. Ed tackled this right away with most of the audience by giving a Toastmaster formatted speech to showcase his abilities in front of the primarily TM audience. 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? Audience v.

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A Public Speaker’s Checklist

Manner of Speaking

As public speakers, we should be focused on our audience and the material. Written introduction for the person introducing you to the audience. Coloured markers for a flip chart. Handouts related to the presentation. The last thing we want is to be distracted because we’ve overlooked a logistical detail. Set out below is checklist of 50 things that public speakers need to remember before speaking.

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Ten ways to transition to your next idea

Speak Schmeak

Clear transitions help the audience stay focused (and awake) and process your material. Show a slide or give a handout that gets the audience thinking about your next segment. Ask a question that previews the next segment and write the answers on a flip chart. Ask a question that gets the audience to respond to or summarize their learning from the last segment and write the answers on a flip chart. Have the audience stand up and stretch.

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Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I'm seriously concerned about a whole generation of new presenters who have never stood in front of an audience alone without their PowerPoint partner. Learn how to be with the audience, just yourself, your content, and your connection. Learn how to educate and inform an audience without slides. Bring props and handouts. Write on a flip chart. Learn how it feels to be with the audience and connect with them.

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

If I have a question I want the audience to discuss, and I'm planning to write answers on the flip chart, I skip the flip chart and just have a general discussion. If there's a handout I want to discuss, instead I give the handout and instructions to use it later. Here's an example of a typical speaking situation: You prepare an hour-long presentation.

2011 145

Are you too dependent on your co-presenter?

Speak Schmeak

I'm seriously concerned about a whole generation of new presenters who have never stood in front of an audience alone without their PowerPoint partner. Learn how to be with the audience, just yourself, your content, and your connection. Learn how to educate and inform an audience without slides. Bring props and handouts. Write on a flip chart. Learn how it feels to be with the audience and connect with them.

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Your time's been cut -- what do you do?

Speak Schmeak

If I have a question I want the audience to discuss, and I'm planning to write answers on the flip chart, I skip the flip chart and just have a general discussion. If there's a handout I want to discuss, instead I give the handout and instructions to use it later. Here's an example of a typical speaking situation: You prepare an hour-long presentation.

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Prepared vs. over-prepared

Speak Schmeak

You've got a plan B for possible mishaps with your computer, props, handouts, flip chart, etc. You've visualized yourself giving a successful presentation where the audience walks away feeling like they've received great value and they're motivated to do something 9. Your PowerPoint is dense with thick paragraphs, tiny text, bullets, charts, and graphs to make sure you haven't left anything out 6.

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PowerPoint in the Pentagon

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

If you need a lot of text as reference material after the meeting, create a separate handout in Word or use the hidden slide technique to create a PowerPoint file that contains all the text but doesn’t have you presenting a “wall of text”. This allows one file to remain the single vehicle for communication without boring the audience with text slides. I think many organizations could cut down on the length of meeting minutes or flip charts if they adopted this technique.

Public Speaking - Projector Set Up

Great Public Speaking

This will help you decide how to seat the audience for maximum comfort. You don't want the audience to try to look through you to see the screen. You may as well write on the flip chart, (since you can't get the overhead turned on) I haven't prepared for this presentation. If you aren't using surprise visuals, you could reproduce them in the handout material just in case all your equipment malfunctions.

How to Turn a Service Club Talk into a Marketing Opportunity

Executive Speech Coach

Its a comfort knowing that the lights, the microphone, the flip charts, etc. You may not be a professional speaker, but struggling with audio/visual equipment just distracts and annoys your audience. It puts a barrier between you and the audience and they feel it. Handouts: Develop a page detailing your key points. Or if youve had an article published, make copies for the audience members. That’s what the audience wants.