The Complete Guide to Public Speaking

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Audience Involvement
Aspeaker can no longer automatically expect to have the complete and undivided attention of an audience. The primary reason is that the concentration levels of audiences everywhere have dropped considerably within a generation. Television and radio producers are well aware of today's shrinking attention spans, so news and features grow shorter and shorter.Effective public speakers come to grips with the reality that they need to employ a variety of techniques for ensuring that the audience stays focused, involved, and entertained.In this chapter, we'll look at a number of techniques you can draw on to keep audience members involved in your presentation.
EXERCISES FOR AUDIENCES
For speakers who prefer to have audience members interact with one another to get everyone loose (and perhaps awake), exercise variations are endless, including:
Some speakers have everyone in the room stand and meet one new person and exchange information such as why they are here today, what they hope to get out of the session, one unusual hobby they have, and so on so that participants have a better chance of remembering one another.

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