CHAPTER 7Some audiences are easier than others. People may be falling
asleep after a meal or too raucous after cocktails. Others might
appear bored to death or do not laugh at your jokes. There might even
be a heckler, someone who challenges statements and will not wait
for the end of the lecture to get answers. On the other hand, everything could go smoothly during the presentation, but you undercut
a positive impression by a poorly handled question-and-answer session. Preparation can help you manage these situations.
Managing the Audience
Get the Audience to Pay AttentionIf you are speaking right after lunch or dinner, members of the audience may be a little sleepy because a big meal requires a lot of the
body's energy to digest. Late in any all-day seminar, you are probably
going to experience audience fatigue: their brains are overflowing
with information and it is hard to make room for more. You cannot
really change your presentation, except to make it a little crisper by
deleting a few details and adding some extra energy. To revive the
group before you start, try this approach:
|• ||Acknowledge the challenge of staying interested at that time
|• ||Have everyone stand up and do deep breathing exercises.|
|• ||Have a few witty lines ready to get them laughing (“I apologize for waking any of you up before your nap was over …”).|
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Book title: The Everything Public Speaking Book: Delivering a Winning Presentation Every Time!.
Contributors: Scott S. Smith - Author.
Publisher: Adams Media.
Place of publication: Avon, MA.
Publication year: 2008.
Page number: 73.
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