We’ve all sat through at least one boring presentation in our lives, right?
So, how do we stop the audience from yawning and their eyes glazing over?
What if they’re online and we can’t even see them? There are a million distractions at their fingertips. How are you going to engage them and keep them focussed?
Here are a few things you can quickly implement to improve engagement in your presentations…
Welcome to the workshop, we have a minute and a half to talk about how to fix problems with engagement. When you see your audience’s eyes glazing over, or if you’re presenting online, you may not even be able to see your audience. But you know, they’ve got all these distractions available to them that they can be checking their emails, they could be on social media, and you wouldn’t even know about it. How do you keep your audience engaged? Well, there are so many things we could put in here that we’re not going to have time to cover them in a minute and a half. So I want to give you a few simple things you can do to engage your audience more. One would be to add a bit of mystery into what you’re doing, especially if the topic is kind of dry. Pique curiosity, if you possibly can, to get people a bit more interested in tuning in. If you can put a mystery or something unsolved in front of people. We have this thing inside of us that wants to unravel mysteries, we have an innate sense of curiosity, so we can utilise that in presentations. Seek engagement regularly as well. Get some feedback from your audience. If they’re live with you and you can see them, then you can ask them to say something back to you, repeat a word back to you, or turn to the person next to them or stand up and have a stretch. And you’d probably want to do that about every five to seven minutes in a live presentation, especially if it’s a long one. If you are doing online presentation, use the chatbox, use any features you’ve got that allow your audience to interact with you, but there’s so much more we could do here about increasing engagement, but here’s some tips for you that you can apply. Come back tomorrow we’ll be talking a bit of Friday Philosophy.
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