Monday, April 8, 2013

11 Ideas to Make an Audience Listen

  1. Start with a strong opening.
  2. Connect to the listener’s self-interest. Ask yourself, “What does the audience need?”
  3. Project warmth, friendliness and knowledge.
  4. Have something interesting to say.
  5. Create a dialogue between you and your audience; remember, one is giving and the other is getting.
  6. Remember that listening and paying attention are hard work.
  7. Look good: communicate that your audience is important.
  8. Be entertaining.
  9. Use your eyes to connect with different people in your audience.
  10. Use recapitulation and repetition to keep an audience with you.
  11. Throw in a list or two, as people like to take notes.

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