No, it’s not about parasite words, bad diction or public speech anxiety. The biggest mistake orator can make is when his or her speech is just not interesting for the audience. Below in this article, there are 10 tricks from pro writers which you can use when preparing and providing your presentation in order to make the audience listen to your speech till the very end.
Use the “Hook”
The first way to make your presentation interesting means to use a hook. Hook-up the audience from the very beginning. Use shocking statistics, interesting fact, informational note or tell them a story. If you’d beaten your grandma while being a child, tell that this is going to be described during your speech. But keep your promise obligatory. Use a strong “hooking” message at the start of your speech.
There is a service on YouTube called “YouTube Analytics”. Every person downloading the video onto that portal can see the number of people who started watching the video, and the quantity of those who watched it till the end. So, think about your speech as about “YouTube Analytics” video. How many people will listen to your presentation till its end?
Show your authority as an orator first. People don’t want to listen to a student, everyone wants to listen to the president. Everyone wants the noticed info to come from a reliable source. Show this authority at the very beginning. When it’s done, your audience will listen to you attentively and will remember information better.
WIIFM is an acronym for “What’s In It For Me?” phrase. What exactly in your speech can be useful for your audience? The perfect info is the answer to the question that already exists in people’s minds. For instance, when your audience consists of people who are 70+ years old, you won’t tell them about first date rules, will you? Are you going to tell students about retirement? Oh, don’t. Use right WIIFMs: think what in your speech is for the audience.
Tell a Story
Human mind functions that way, it accepts facts excellently. Facts are messages for one’s brain. Tell a story, and order the information in minds of your audience with carefully chosen words.
When humans tell tales to their children, we say that there is a forest with wolves in it, and there are grandmothers who are relatives for their granddaughters. We say that the Red-Cap came to the forest where the Wolf lived, and the Wolf later attacked Grandma and ate her. This is a story. Children remember it because of different facts, combined with one another, help them do it. Use the story to put the speech information into the right order.
Don’t Speak with the Paper
The paper is a fake hint. The paper distracts you. You constantly need to keep in mind where you stopped, what you already told. You know that there is a hint in your pocket and you are going to think about it all the time. Your audience will notice your lack of confidence, and they won’t like that. If you want your presentation to be interesting, you should never go to the scene having a paper with you.
Show What You’re Talking About
If you have something to show for your audience, hold that thing in your hand, don’t use the display. There was a story when the orator spoke about how to keep teeth healthy. He put his hand into a pocked during a speech, and got the real tooth from there. The audience remembered his performance perfectly, because of a single tooth he held in a hand.
Move While Speaking
Keep moving, don’t stand still, movement attracts attention. Reflexes work. Use them on your speech.
Provide a Dialogue
Conversate with people in the audience, provide interaction. The audience is an organism. If you talk to one person, other listeners put themselves on his or her place and take their part in a dialogue. This is the very strong way to make your information interesting for everyone. Communicate with one person you’ll involve other listeners into your conversation.
Use jokes in your speech if it is possible. If you see people in the audience with their arms crossed, this means they are closed from your information, and you need to open them somehow. How to do that? Try using jokes. Topical ones, if possible.
Be a Human
Don’t try being perfect, humans are fine to make mistakes. Other humans listening to you want to see a regular human, not a robot. Robots are boring. Robots work on fabrics, humans are who speak on the scene.