How To Be the Cool Speaker and Engage with Your Audience in Three Ways

It’s normal for people to be a bit queasy and a little nervous when having to talk to a large crowd of people. Next to dancing and/or singing in front of a huge crowd or audience, the most daunting task one can think of is making a big speech in front of that same audience.  What may seem as impossible, however, is having to engage your audience while you’re making that speech. You may survive talking to a crowd by memorizing every word and every pause, but really reeling your audience members in and getting their interest is tough. Here are some ways to help you do intrigue your audience and make them want to listen to every last word you have to say:

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Want the audience to stay with you through your hour-long lecture? Use audience response systems!

The aim of using audience response systems is so that your audience can interact with you during your lecture or talk by answering questions that you pose. This system is already widely used in the academic landscape, usually with a gadget called the “clicker.” Through the clicker, students can answer simple yes or no questions and sometimes multiple choice questions given by the lecturer. Advanced audio response system technology even allows answers to be traced to their source and data may be stored in a database for compilation and analysis. By using this technology, you do not have to rely on jokes or witticisms to keep your audience attentive; they’ll have to listen to you or else they won’t have the answers to your questions.

Give your audience no reason to tune out, by securing the sound system.

Although this tip might seem too obvious, the reality of things is that this tip is often ignored. Try to step into the shoes of your listeners; not only are you forced to listen to someone you don’t know for hours, on top of that, it literally hurts for you to listen to him because the sound system gives a pitchy sound or because you have to voluntarily push your ear drums to listen closer to this faint noise. It might be a technical glitch and not really related to your ability (or lack thereof) to connect with your audience, but you won’t stand a chance of engaging with your listeners if they cannot hear you to begin with. Aside from picking the right sound equipment, also pay attention to your lecture hall’s acoustics. And never, never underestimate the value of sound checks.

Make your audience want to listen to you by being captivating.

This may be more difficult than the two other tips offered, but basically, don’t morph into your old science professor who talked to the board during his lectures. If it helps you draw the audience in, use simple terms; that way they can easily follow the lecture’s flow. Always ground your speech by giving examples or scenarios that your audience can relate to. For instance, investing is a concept not everyone can grasp, but when you talk about how the mere act of buying a house is considered a form of investing, your adult listeners see themselves making that financial move.

Michelle Gibson knows the importance of effective communication since she is involved with a speakers bureau

Comments

  1. Kenshin Yuki says:

    This is a very interesting article for me. I am not fond of public speaking. I have never liked it. I’m a bit shy and being able to talk in front of a number of people has always been a challenge for me. This article is giving me enough information for me to be able to get through that fear.

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