Blah, blah, blah…
Have you ever experienced a speaker who went on and on, “blah, blah, blah” and never interacted with the audience? The speaker may have been credible and passionate about their subject, but if a speaker only focuses on themselves and their message, it is not going to be an engaging or memorable talk for the audience. The key ingredient in an engaging talk is that the speaker is continuously aware of their audience.
Can you read my face?
Every speaker needs to talk WITH their audience and not AT their audience. Can your read your audience’s non-verbal cues: “I’m bored”, “I don’t agree”, “I have a question”, etc…? When you are aware of your audience, then you can react. Notice in “react” is the verb “act “.
If you aren’t connecting to your audience, you need to change your strategy:
- How can you find common ground with the audience?
- Can the audience understand you, physically: Are you loud enough? Articulate enough? and mentally: Are you speaking for the ear to listen or for the eye to read? Are you using abstract language? Are you all facts and forget the persuasiveness of sharing a personal experience?
- Do you have annoying habits, like pacing back and forth, articulated pauses ‘uh, ah, uhm…’. playing with your pen or slide clicker, fidgeting with your pockets?
- Is your mindset open for questions, disagreement, other concerns from the audience?
- Do you communicate with the senses? Remember, we have 5 of them! A lot of people are visual learners: can you feed them vivid images? Can the audience get a “taste” or a “feeling” of what your message means?
Extend your antennas.
More important than hauling in a bag for of public speaking tools and tips – is to “simply” raise the bar on your audience awareness. Becoming a better speaker, starts with becoming a better listener. We understand that to raise your awareness, so that all your antennas are out there and picking up signals all the time, is not an easy thing at all.
It takes willingness to change, focus, reflect, and a certain dose of humility. If you succeed, you will reap the benefits for a lifetime. Because when you achieve more awareness in your communication, you will better connect with people, which is the most important leadership quality to gain and grow.
If you don’t connect, don’t expect people to follow.
We can help.
If you want to better connect with people – you can. The question is: What are you prepared to change to make it possible? We offer group training and one-to-one sessions in presentations, public speaking, and creativity to help fuel change. Our methods, together with your motivation, can bring extraordinary results in both your professional and personal life.
What are you waiting for? Life is short.
Start to connect to your audience and your audience will not only like you, listen to you, and remember you –
they will be moved to action.
Dyane Neiman is the Moving Speaker: www.moving-speaker.com. She helps business professionals at all levels, who want to enjoy speaking in public, in English. She always encourages people to connect with their audience with interaction. Get in touch at email@example.com
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