Improve Public Speaking Skills Fast - EvaluatingTwo speakers. Same audience. One speaker had the audience’s full attention. They laughed at jokes, groaned on cue, and responded well. The second speaker felt like he was speaking to a painting of an audience. Virtually no reaction.

One speaker made a connection with the audience and the second did not. How can we connect with the audience?

Speaking Tip #7: Connect with the audience through interaction, stories, and a strong intro.

  • Spend time interacting with the audience before the presentation. Some speakers stand at the door and greet people coming. Float around and say “hello.”
  • Have a strong intro that draws the audience in. Consider using the Hook & Reel Intro.
  • Tell stories. Stories instantly connect with the audience. If you lose attention, launch into a story.

Connecting with the audience takes work. Use these tips and it will help you connect next time you speak.

Arlen Busenitz

Arlen Busenitz is an experienced speaker with over 650 presentations. He is Author of several books, CD's,and creator of Become a Better Speaker in One Evening™

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