Do you know how fast your brain works? Often, even excellent presentations can bore certain types of people. Why? This is because your audience can involuntarily lose unimportant information when a speaker talks.
For speakers, it is a challenging job to keep your audience from yawning or walking out of the room. Primarily, you need to engage with your audience in a light and motivating environment.
Here are three practical ways of grabbing and holding your audience’s attention.
1. Create surprising opening remarks that will grab your crowd’s attention. If you have a forty-five-minute speech, allot at least 15 minutes for your story. During the first five minutes, grab your audience’s attention by surprising them with a short music clip to listen to, a joke they can relate to or share an experience that your audience can connect with.
Keep your audience guessing by feeding them chunks of information that slowly reveals your message. Present slides that slowly leads to the solution to the problem.
2. Story-telling is one of the many effective ways when public speaking. However, do not overdo this method. As mentioned above, you can add this step in the introduction. Share a unique and compelling experience that your audience can laugh with or feel a connection.
While story-telling, try to move away from your podium. You will be able to connect more with your audience because the audience will feel like you are their equal and someone they can relate to.
Make your audience feel that your presentation is about them. Explain and talk about their goals, challenges, and problems. Capture your audience’s attention by allowing yourself to create an inclusive way of connecting with them.
3. Involve yourself with your audience. How? Try to create a light and fun atmosphere to hold your audience’s attention. Some ways include posing challenging questions from time to time and performing an activity.
Have your audience participate using the three major senses. Visiual: their eyes need to see an attractive yet professional visual presentation. Auditory: present audio clips when needed. Kinesthetic: If you can, provide visual aids like workbooks to your audience.
As a speaker, your job is to continue to hold their attention with consistency. You need to prepare a presentation that inspires and provides solutions to their problem using proven methods.
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