You want them to like you, listen and hang on to your words. Don’t you? But you have to work for that kind of loyalty. What can you do to pull your audience into your presentation and keep them deeply involved in what you’re saying? Give them a chance to laugh, learn and be entertained.
When you’re working on your next presentation, make sure you mix up your delivery by:
1. Changing Your Voice – Change the speed and volume of your voice to keep your message interesting. Talk faster, to build excitement. Slow down to emphasize a key point. Use different voices to make characters in your stories distinctive. For example, you may use a deeper, louder voice for an old man and a higher, softer voice for a young girl.
2. Involving Everybody – Don’t do all the talking. Include your audience in your presentation by asking questions, telling stories and adding audience activities that keep your listeners physically and mentally involved.
3. Reliving Your Stories – Bring your stories alive with action. Don’t retell a story—using “he said” or “she said”—relive the story. Recreate a conversation between two or more characters and make each person distinctive. Use different facial expressions, voices, gestures and body language for each character. Give your audience ring-side seats to the action!
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