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Ten Tips: Public Speaking Success Is About Forging A Relationship With EACH Audience Member

If you have to speak to a group, it's easy to forget that you aren't speaking to an audience, but speaking to each person in that audience. One of the keys to success when giving presentations, or speaking to a group is to create a condition where each person feels like he or she has a relationship to you, and what you are saying. Here's how:

  • Make eye contact individually by scanning and briefly looking at each person present. Do NOT look at the back of the room, as some suggest, at your notes, or at your Powerpoint.
  • Use stories liberally, particularly those that humanize you, and let the audience get to know you.
  • Observe the reactions of the individuals in the group. That will tell you whether they are connecting with you or not.
  • Use the reactions you observe to draw in individuals. For example, if you see someone shaking his or her head, ask if they agree or disagree. Create engagement one person at a time.
  • Greet people as they enter the room. Take a bit with each person to find out a little about them. It help you personalize.
  • Never memorize your speech. When you memorize, you won't sound "real". The same with reading. Do not sound mechanical, but portray yourself as a real person.
  • If you portray yourself as an "expert", you may create a barrier between you, and the members of the audience, and there's a tendency for people to want to take down "experts".
  • Treat each comment or disagreement as important, and react with being defensive. Don't try to convince someone to change their mind.
  • Keep in mind that it's not YOU who is doing your audience a favor by speaking, but that it's your audience that is doing a favor for you by listening. It's about them. Not you.
  • Tailor your message to fit the audience members. To that end, find out as much as possible about their concerns, interests, etc., and use stories and examples that fit THEM.

There's more tips and suggestions below about putting together a speech or presentation that will get your message across through relationship building.


How To Speak Well By Amrit Hallan - Your ability or inability to speak publicly IS NOT a measure of your intelligence. What follows in this article are wonderful, worthwhile tips for giving presentations. These tips can also be used in your day-to-day interactions. My favorite advice is to try to like the people to whom you are speaking. Check this article out for more information. (Added: 3-Aug-2004 Hits: 1652 )

Project Confidence During Your Next Presentation By Dana Bristol-Smith - After your presentation you want your audience to remember your brilliant message, NOT your obvious discomfort while you delivered it. Read this article. You will want to try out the five strategies guaranteed to help you project confidence during your next presentation. (Added: 3-Aug-2004 Hits: 2014 )

How To Use Transitions In Your Presentations By Anne Warfield - What are transitions and why do you want to use them in your presentations? The author maintains that transitions allow your presentation to flow smoothly from point to point and turn what might be a dry roll-call of salient points into a nice, tightly constructed presentation that engages your audience. This article provides sound advice regarding the use of transitions in your presentations. (Added: 3-Aug-2004 Hits: 1598 )

Building a Relationship with your Audience By William Arruda - Of course presentors need to have a good relationship with their audience. This article is just what you need to read if you recognize the value of a good relationship with your audience. Did you know that your audience sets your presentation pace? Do you know how to read your audience's feedback? This article is worth the read. You will be provided with good, solid information about the skills of presentation giving. (Added: 3-Aug-2004 Hits: 1671 )

Two Unbreakable Laws of Public Speaking By Paul Evans - A well thought-out article regarding how integrity should be present at your presentation. Not even the most talented public speaker can succeed if he or she breaks either the law of character or content as described within this article. (Added: 3-Aug-2004 Hits: 1535 )

How to Add Humor to Your Presentations By Doug Stevenson - There is absolutely no doubt about the value of humor in everyday life. It follows then, that humor in your presentation is a desirable element. This article cites three elements essential to a humorous presentations. They are: comedy writing, exaggeration and playfulness. Each is discussed at length and suggestions are included as to how to incorporate them into your presentations. (Added: 3-Aug-2004 Hits: 1835 )

The Mental Game Of Speaking By Bill Cole - Can you play at the top of your game on demand? Mental toughness is the ability to thrive on stress and to perform in the upper ranges of our potential more often. Professional speakers are the pro athletes of the business world. The speakers who continually perform to their potential over a lifetime know what it takes to build and maintain a strong mental game. Read about ten powerful strategies that can propel you into top form on the platform each time you speak. (Added: 28-Sep-2001 Hits: 1205 )

Presentation Skills Articles- Nervousness By Mary Sando - Everyone is afraid of a presentation, physiologically. Toastmasters International reports that the following professionals have admitted to feeling nervous when speaking in public: Mark Twain, Ronald Reagan, Carroll O%u2019Connor, Barbara Streisand, Anthony Quinn, (Added: 11-Sep-2001 Hits: 1262 )

Presentation Skills articles- Difficult Questions By Mary Sandro - Honesty is the only policy when presenting to a group. However, blatantly admitting, %u201CI don%u2019t know%u201D, in response to a direct question from an audience member can be disastrous. The solution is to be honest and maintain credibility at the same time. No one can know the answer to every question. It%u2019s how the inevitable situation is handled that separates great presenters from amateurs. (Added: 11-Sep-2001 Hits: 1015 )

Presentation Skills articles- Visual Aids Undermine Presentations By Mary Sandro - The belief that visual aids equal a presentation is a very common misconception. Visual aids are aids. They are not even necessary, usually. A presentation is the information, stories, statistics, quotes, and opinions that the presenter shares. Visual aids, if used, enhance the presenter%u2019s message, not the other way around. (Added: 11-Sep-2001 Hits: 1001 )

Public speaking article - placing humor in your presentation By NA - You are probably wondering how you decide where to put the humor you have so carefully selected to use in your presentation. You weren't wondering? Well, I'm going to tell you anyway. (Added: 30-Jul-2001 Hits: 904 )

Public speaking room setup By MA - Public Speaking: Room Setup Makes a Big Difference The arrangement of chairs, the sound system, the lighting and the overall climate of the room can make a big difference in the way a public speaking engagement is received. You may not think you have much control over these items, but think again, because you do. (Added: 30-Jul-2001 Hits: 774 )

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