Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Ways to Tell That You Have Lost Your Audience

  • The room has fallen silent - you are getting no feedback
  • You hear pages turning - people are reading the slides
  • People are looking around the room at other people's reactions
  • Everyone has a vacant look on their face - nobody is smiling
  • Lots of people are getting up to "go to the bathroom"

What can you do about it if you notice?

  • Don't panic
  • Be dynamic - move around more
  • Modulate your voice, tone, and pacing more
  • Don't just talk louder - project your voice with confidence
  • Engage the audience by asking them questions
  • Most importantly, figure out what your audience wants to hear and dump the parts that they aren't interested in

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