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A big part of what we do when we speak publicly is develop a relationship with our audience. A relationship based on trust, respect, information, and interaction! Sure a speech has mostly been defined as one person talking and other people listening. But it always takes two to tango... you know. You AND your audience have a part to play in this engagement.
As anyone who has ever needed to impart information knows, you need to get through to your audience to make an impact on them. Without engagement, a willing state of being attentive, effective communication is not possible.
Start by putting the spotlight on your audience. What do the objects of your attention look like today? What's the vibe in the audience? Is it just after lunch? End of the day? Are they tired, bored, or snoring?
It's important to be aware of what you're audience is feeling at that moment, so that you know what to do next.
Get active. Utilize activities that promote audience engagement.
Make sure you embrace many changes throughout your presentation. There is a 10 minute limit to the average attention span, so change it up... often.
You provide more of an impact than you realize. Remember...
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