It’s about the audience

PowerPoint Tips

You’re always presenting for your audience. What type of presentation will give your audience the most value? Your content needs to be relevant to the needs and wants of your audience. No matter how valuable your content, if your audience won’t understand and remember it, it’s useless. It’s your job to engage the attention of your audience. Can you inspire your audience? Always think that your audience is saying, “So what?”

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Sawubona: See your audience

Manner of Speaking

I recently wrote a post for Presentation Guru on the importance of “seeing” your audience. Sawubona means, “I see … Continue reading → Audience Presentation Guru audience Orland Bishop Presentation public speaking SawubonaIt was based on the Zulu word sawubona. Zulu, or isiZulu, is one of South Africa’s official languages and is spoken by approximately 10 million people.

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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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Don’t blow it with your audience

Manner of Speaking

The graduates had taken their seats, the audience was settled in, the three-piece orchestra had just finished the last of its pieces. Everything … Continue reading → Delivery audience Microphone presentations public speakingLast week I attended the graduation ceremony for the class of a business school where I teach.

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The Audience in Online Speaking

The Communication Blog

The following post was sent to the basic course list ( in response to a number of instructors explaining how they incorporated the live audience in an online public speaking course. I’ve read with much interest how various basic course instructors deal with online public speaking assignments. Many (perhaps most), it seems, require the student to deliver the speech in front of a live audience which must be video scanned.

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Who Is Your Perfect Audience?

Speaker Launcher

Many of my readers have already honed in on their perfect audience. And Frank is all in on sales audiences. Defining your perfect audience is a crucial step in picking a lane. The post Who Is Your Perfect Audience? Emerging Speaker Rising Superstar Speaker Seasoned Speaker Speaking Business Strategy audience find your perfect audience perfect audience pick a lane speaker speaking engagement speaking gigs target audience target market Wealthy Speaker

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Your audience needs you - now

Speak Schmeak

My workshop " 8 Steps to Ditching Perfection and Creating Connection " will set you up for speaking success with 8 actionable tools that you can put into practice immediately. Your audience needs your message and your solutions!

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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. If our too-polite audience could tell us their concerns directly, what would they say? In fact, I can read faster than you can speak. Dear Presenter, You suck.

Six ways to hook the audience from the beginning

Manner of Speaking

You get one chance to make a good first impression, so you want to hook the audience with your opening words. An audience’s attention is usually at its highest just before you begin. And when the audience starts to disengage early, it is a challenge to win them back.

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. He then invited me to speak. The Iranians in the audience very much appreciated the effort. Well, to my delight (and relief), the audience burst out into laughter.

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Three public speaking resolutions for 2021

Manner of Speaking

That has implications for public speaking. With that in mind, here are three public speaking resolutions for you to consider in 2021. Get less uncomfortable with your speaking situations. By this, I mean that you should seek out speaking opportunities that make you nervous.

New Logo for Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking

Manner of Speaking has a new logo. For a website devoted to public speaking and presentation skills, there were many designs I could have chosen. But I didn’t want obvious; I wanted something that reflected my approach to public speaking.

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A giant leap forward in your public speaking

Manner of Speaking

There is a lot to learn about public speaking. And no matter how much you learn, no matter how good you become, you will … Continue reading → The post A giant leap forward in your public speaking appeared first on Manner of Speaking. Audience Delivery audience gestures public speakingThe fact that I have been writing this blog for 10 years is testament to that.

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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. What''s the best way to make sure you''re not overwhelming the audience? If you do your job, and the audience is engaged, intrigued and inspired, they will seek you out for more.

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April 13 - Win Anyway LIVE - Speaking Tip Tuesday

Speak and Deliver

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How to Attract Your Perfect Audience

Speaker Launcher

Now, what could a 25-year-old pop diva teach us about booking more speaking gigs? There are two steps to her approach that you should also keep in mind as a speaker who is looking to attract your perfect audience. The post How to Attract Your Perfect Audience appeared first on Jane Atkinson. Speaking Business Strategy find your perfect audience ideal client saying no Working with Clients

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So You Speak English – What If Your Audience Doesn’t?

Presentation Guru

Anyone who speaks to international audiences in English faces a particular set of challenges that can affect their confidence, and their competence. For the native English speakers, their lack of empathy for their audience can make them very difficult to understand, or even to like. … Performance Rehearsal Understand your Audience Audience Connection featured Presenting in English

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What will the audience do when I’ve finished speaking?

Manner of Speaking

Long-time readers of this blog know that I frequently stress the importance of thinking about the audience before preparing a speech or designing a presentation. A speech or presentation is always about the audience: first; last; and foremost. He writes a terrific blog about public speaking, The Rhetorical Journey , and I encourage you to spend some time checking it out.

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The Live Audience in Online Public Speaking Courses: One More Try

The Communication Blog

After reading the varied posts, I’m convinced we (as an academic discipline) don’t have any evidence for the claims that a live audience is either effective or necessary in online public speaking courses. Although instructors noted how they handled this issue of a live audience, no one produced any evidence. Some people report that there is inherent value in presenting a speech to a live audience. audience live audience online public speaking Public Speaking

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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.

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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. We speak over our audiences'' heads, we give far too much detail, and we pack our presentations so full of information that our audiences leave numb and slack-jawed from the mental barrage. What does the audience really need, want and care about?

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

Speaking about Presenting

Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages.” – Dave Barry. As a Westerner living in an Asian country, where more than 80% of the population does not speak English as a first or second language, I’ve learnt the necessities for communicating across cultural barriers. Speak to 12 year olds. 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. Tell stories that illustrate your points so that your audience can apply your concepts to real-life situations. Ask a lot of questions and listen to your audiences'' stories to help them discover how their experiences tie into your main points.

Public Speaking Training – The Essential Guide

Manner of Speaking

Why invest in public speaking training? The ability to speak well in public and share a message that is clear, compelling and that moves people to take action is a critical business skill. It was because they had never had any training in public speaking.

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6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers

Manner of Speaking

Speaking English to an audience of non-native speakers is tricky. The difference the United Nations and … Continue reading → The post 6 tips for speaking English to non-native speakers appeared first on Manner of Speaking.

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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. Rehearse adequately so you are comfortable with what you're going to say and can focus on interacting with the audience. Get to the presentation venue early so you can mingle with attendees before you start to speak.

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. Nancy Duarte’s latest work, resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences is such a book. But it is the underlying content and structure of the book that make it a must-buy for any serious student of public speaking. Book Review Aristotle audience Communication John F.

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Practice your speaking skills with PowerPoint’s Presenter Coach

PowerPoint Tips

You can hire a speaking coach. Speaking too fast or in a monotone. Using words that might offend people in the audience. Not looking at the audience (facing the slides to read them, staring over their heads, etc.).

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. One of my favorites techniques, however, is using a call to action because the closing of a speech is your chance to motivate your audience.

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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. Fast forward to June 18 of this year, when Ballmer stood in front of an audience of reporters and bloggers to announce the launch of Surface , Microsoft’s new tablet PC.

How to Really Craft Audience-Centric Presentations

Duarte Blog

That’s excellent life-advice, and it can also help you when you’re trying to write an audience-centric presentation. If you put the effort into considering your audience (a.k.a. Your audience is not you. I find it helpful to print out this “Audience Needs Map” as I’m writing a presentation. What is Your Audience Like? . Statistics are a great place to begin exploring the make-up of your audience. Why is Your Audience Here?

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How to speak with authentic charisma

Manner of Speaking

How can we speak with charisma—authentic charisma—when we are on stage? Essentially, your audience will feel what you feel. In the webinar, we offer 9 ways in which you can enhance your charisma: 3 before you speak; 3 while you are speaking; and 3 after you have spoken.

2020 193

How Public Speaking Can Help Build Your Brand and Social Media Audience


The post How Public Speaking Can Help Build Your Brand and Social Media Audience appeared first on SketchBubble Official Blog. What separates a business from a brand? Some might argue that it boils down to yearly earnings, number of locations or quarterly ad spend. But is that really why Starbucks is a brand and your local coffee shop is a business? I don’t think it is. Brands are brands because they somehow transcend their category […].

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What will the audience do when you’ve finished speaking?

Manner of Speaking

Long-time readers of this blog know that I frequently stress the importance of thinking about the audience before preparing a speech or designing a presentation. A speech or presentation is always about the audience: first; last; and foremost. He writes a terrific blog about public speaking, The Rhetorical Journey , and I encourage you to spend some time checking it out.

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Public Speaking Tip – 3 Techniques to Handle Hostile Audiences

Speaking Freely

(Graphic by Vector Graphics) Public speaking and presentation clients sometimes ask me how to handle hostile audiences. Frankly, I think people project more negativity onto audiences than is really there. The post Public Speaking Tip – 3 Techniques to Handle Hostile Audiences appeared first on Read The Self-Expression Blog to Improve Speaking Skills.

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. The first question doesn't give the audience an opportunity to answer, beyond nodding their heads and responding internally.

Three key words for every speaker

Manner of Speaking

The audience is interested – usually – in what the speaker is going to say. It can allow the speaker to express his or her compassion or concern for the audience. However, when you speak in public, it is important to balance what you say about yourself with the rest of the talk.

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Frank Sinatra Demonstrates Audience Engagement Effortlessly

Speaking Freely

If you want to get an audience with you, there’s only one way. The post Frank Sinatra Demonstrates Audience Engagement Effortlessly appeared first on Speaking Freely. Authenticity Connection Presence stage presence Uncategorized being with audiences Communication Confidence Leadership presence Presentation style Public Speaking Course

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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 _.”. 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. The lights dim and the room quiets.

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An audience with Dr Max Atkinson

Max Atkinson

political speeches public speaking speech researchBirthday greetings or obituary? On 3rd March, sixteen days before my birthday on the 19th, Brian Jenner (founder of the UK Speechwriters Guild & the European Speechwriters Network ) chaired a Zoom meeting with the title of this blogpost.

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. Make sure the humor is universal enough that the audience can relate to you. When I was speaking on domestic violence, I would ask the students how many of them had a sister. Bottom line: Your audience doesn't want to be revered.

Does your audience feel welcome?

Speak Schmeak

When your audience members arrive, do they feel welcome? Do you introduce yourself to some audience members so you know a few people's names and can refer back to them during the presentation? Do you make an effort to learn something about your audience in general so you can incorporate relevant and customized information into your talk? How do you make the audience feel special, like you're there just for them, like you're thrilled to finally meet them?

How To Speak So You Engage Your Exceedingly Restless Millennial Audience

Presentation Guru

… Understand your Audience Audience Connection credibility featured Making it Memorable Millenials“If the stereotype of Gen Y is one who is spoilt, irresponsible and immediate gratification based, Benjamin Loh defies all that!” ” We are delighted that he has joined us to shed light on why different generations have different values or behaviours, and how we can bring out the best from each other.

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