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

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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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 250) – Seth Godin

Manner of Speaking

“You are not being judged, the value of what you are bringing to the audience is being judged. The topic of the talk isn’t you, the topic of the talk is the audience, and specifically, how they can use your … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers audience public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes Seth Godin

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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resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences

Manner of Speaking

The same holds true for public speaking and presentation skills. After all, people have been writing about public speaking since Aristotle penned Art of Rhetoric in the 4th Century B.C. These are fundamental principles for anyone who wants to be a better public speaker.

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Can your audience feel you?

Speak Schmeak

There's something embarrassing to adults (especially in a business environment) about showing too much joy, too much sadness, too much quirkiness, too much anything that might reveal a crack in the exterior of the finely crafted and orchestrated "professional" public persona.

The TED Secret to Great Public Speaking

Manner of Speaking

I have decided to create a “tricolon” of posts about Chris … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech TED audience Chris Anderson ideas metaphor public speaking simplicityMy previous two posts centred around TED Curator Chris Anderson. The first was about his reflections on the day that TED might have died; the second was a quote about compelling presentations.

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Zen and the Art of Public Speaking

Manner of Speaking

He explores the subject over the course of … Continue reading → Audience Preparation audience Presentation public speaking Robert Pirsig Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was published in 1974. The book has sold more than 5 million copies and is widely considered a modern philosophical classic. In Zen, Pirsig discusses the metaphysics of quality.

Do your audience's filters override your message?

Speak Schmeak

But I didn't know it was going to be such a great experiment - and a perfect analogy for public speaking. Your audience is already interpreting your message through their multiple filters. Communication Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

Leave your audience wanting more, not less

Speak Schmeak

Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies Quick Fixes TV inspired 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.

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.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 237) – Adele

Manner of Speaking

“I’m scared of audiences. I just gotta bear … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Adele audience Nerves public speaking quotes quotes stage frightI get shitty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone.

Top ten torments to terrify your audience

Speak Schmeak

Frightful confessions I''m terrified of what''s to come when this speaker tells us she''s sorry, she''s not very good at public speaking, or she didn''t have time to prepare, or she only got two hours of sleep. the audience will never know the difference.

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.

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. Speakers Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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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.

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.

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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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 237) – Adele

Manner of Speaking

“I’m scared of audiences. I just gotta bear … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Adele audience Nerves public speaking quotes quotes stage frightI get shitty scared. One show in Amsterdam, I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels, I projectile-vomited on someone.

Are you giving the audience tools they can use?

Speak Schmeak

First, I'll share my thoughts on why Jason's presentation was effective from a public speaking perspective. 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 !

5 Amazing Music Performances That Will Make You a Better Public Speaker

Presentation Guru

… Inspiration Performance Role Models Understand your Audience Audience Connection featured inspirationWhat’s your favourite song and can you remember the first time you heard it?

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?”

The TED Secret to Great Public Speaking

Manner of Speaking

I have decided to create a “tricolon” of posts about Chris … Continue reading → Analysis of a Speech TED audience Chris Anderson ideas metaphor public speaking simplicityMy previous two posts centred around TED Curator Chris Anderson. The first was about his reflections on the day that TED might have died; the second was a quote about compelling presentations.

Five Characteristics You need to Succeed as a Public Speaker

Manner of Speaking

He … Continue reading → Motivation Arman Sadeghi audience authenticity Confidence passion public speakingThis is a guest post by Arman Sadeghi. Arman is an entrepreneur, professional speaker and founder of Titanium Success. He has a degree in molecular and cell biology from the University of California at Berkeley. Arman has a passion for healthy mind, body, and spirit.

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. Public speaking is so much easier when the people you are speaking to are attentive and involved. One of the best ways to get engagement is via audience participation.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 253) – Dale Carnegie

Manner of Speaking

“Practise, practise, PRACTISE in speaking before an audience will tend to remove all fear of audiences, just as practise in swimming will lead to confidence and facility in the water. Quotes for Public Speakers Dale Carnegie practice public speaking public speaking quotes quotesYou must learn to speak by speaking.” — Dale Carnegie.

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 233) – Aristotle

Manner of Speaking

“It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, ‘charm the crowd’s ears more finely’. Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle public speaking public speaking quotes simplicity

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 233) – Aristotle

Manner of Speaking

“It is this simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences—makes them, as the poets tell us, ‘charm the crowd’s ears more finely’. Educated men lay down broad general principles; uneducated men argue from … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle public speaking public speaking quotes simplicity

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 245) – Aristotle

Manner of Speaking

“An emotional speaker always makes his audience feel with him, even when there is nothing in his arguments; which is why many speakers try to overwhelm their audience by mere noise.” Quotes for Public Speakers Aristotle Emotion public speaking public speaking quotes rhetoric

Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 242) – Bruno Giussani

Manner of Speaking

Her task is to use that time … Continue reading → Quotes for Public Speakers TED audience Bruno Giussani public speaking Public Speaking Quotations quotes“When people sit in a room to listen to a speaker, they are offering her something extremely precious, something that isn’t recoverable once given: a few minutes of their time and of their attention.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 257) – Dorothy Parker

Manner of Speaking

I like a good speaker, and I appreciate an intelligent audience.” — Dorothy Parker. Quotes for Public Speakers Dorothy Parker public speaking public speaking quotes quotes“Of course I talk to myself.

Public Speaking - Size Of Audience

Great Public Speaking

The size of your audience has a direct effect on the types of humor which are most appropriate, the expected audience response and the timing of the presentation. The portion of the audience right in front of you will laugh first.

Lea Michele, Glee and Public Speaking

Matt Eventoff

This action held to a key principle of delivering an effective speech – know your audience. The audience may not act, write or direct, but the audience is what allows the program (or movie) to exist. Remember your audience.

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Gabby Giffords, women speakers, & the courage to face public audiences

The Eloquent Woman

But I do know that society has been helping women internalize the idea that they shouldn't speak in public for centuries. By Monday morning my offices were open to the public. In the past year, campaigning for gun safety, I have held over 50 public events.

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Guest Speakers – Respect Your Audience Or Else…

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

A lesson on how not to respect your audience. Last week I attended a digital marketing show and was dismayed to witness one of the invited guest presenters committing one of the cardinal sins of public speaking. He failed to demonstrate respect for his audience. He started his presentation by talking about himself and his company not his audience. Doing so shows that you respect your audience. I hope you found this article on respect your audience of value.

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