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? Which is why you''ve been invited to speak.

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Information doesn't excite your audience

Speak Schmeak

And he recognizes that this is a problem when he speaks. 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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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.

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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. As far as he knew, he was only speaking to three kinds of people—developers, developers, and developers.

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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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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.

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.

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.

Enchanting Your Audience

Professionally Speaking...

APPLICATION: Do your homework and uncover the needs of your audience before you even start creating your presentation. Leave enough time to speak to people ahead of the presentation to get a sense of attitudes towards your topic.

How to Engage Your Audience In Three Sentences or Less

Matt Eventoff

The audience is seated. My name is __, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”. My name is __, and I am going to be speaking to you today about _.”. Drawing your audience into your presentation is important. The lights dim and the room quiets.

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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.

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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.

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The Questions You Need To Ask To Really Know Your Audience

Presentation Guru

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

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.

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.

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. We should take the audience on a journey from what is to what could be.

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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.

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.

Do your audience's filters override your message?

Speak Schmeak

I thought the fig would speak for itself. 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. It's a story about a fig.

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.

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.

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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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Do you make your audience feel stupid?

Speak Schmeak

The author was describing how he had reinvigorated his business as the speaking market had changed along with the economy. 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?

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.

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.

Seven Speaking Mistakes Your Audience Won’t Forgive You For

SketchBubble

If this were to actually happen in the real world, and you were to actually walk on stage without any clothes on, the audience would indeed think it […]. The post Seven Speaking Mistakes Your Audience Won’t Forgive You For appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog.

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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. Speakers Preparation Public Speaking Techniques and Strategies

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Don't revere your audience

Speak Schmeak

I recently worked with a client who speaks on a very sensitive topic. 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. Bottom line: Your audience doesn't want to be revered.

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 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 !

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?”

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. The good news is that today’s technology tools can help you do that—while you’re speaking in real time. Audience Response Systems.

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.

How To Speak – And Get Paid For It!

Presentation Guru

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Are You Wasting Your Audience's Time?

Speak and Deliver

But, but, people hire me because they want to hear me speak about it all!" If you don't tell your story in such a way as to change at least a portion of your audience in some way, you're wasting their time. You've got such an amazing story. You survived a plane crash!

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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.

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.

3 Speaking Skills That Will Help You Communicate Data

Duarte Blog

Something happens to them—whether it’s the shift from one audience member to many or the addition of a wireless lavalier microphone to their collar or the presence of slides or something else happening in the non-visible spectrum—they get boring. Speak With Your Hands.

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