Six Tips To Engage Your Audience When Beginning a Speech


Lest you think differently but when giving a speech, the first 15 seconds can be critical in terms of engaging your audience—or not.

Following are some helpful tips that will make people interested in what you have to say and less in checking their BlackBerry (believe it or not--you can steal away their attention from this ubiquituous device):

  • Be mindful of your body language. Remember to keep yourself relaxed. Approach the podium in a warm, friendly manner.  You're not going to the guillotine!
  • Avoid banal bromides such as "it's so wonderful to be here." The audience has heard it before and frankly, it's patronizing and an insult to their intelligence. Just get down to the nitty gritty.
  • Never apologize--NEVER!
  • Tell a personal story--avoid anything culled from a generic business text. Please, make it relevant to the point you're trying to make. And yes, it can either be droll or serious. But modulate based on the subject matter of your speech and the tone you're trying to cultivate.
  • Ask thoughtful, incisive questions
  • Speak with authority and assertiveness
Source: Ragan




Comments Off

Deals of the Week

Get $150 Off PR News' Media Relations Conference

 media_relations_banners_180x150_ep

Join us on December 11, 2014, for PR News’ essential Media Relations Conference, taking place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. You'll learn from top PR professionals how to amplify your organization’s messages through positive coverage in traditional media and through your own branded content initiatives.

Use code “150off” at checkout.

Get $50 off PR News' Media Relations Guidebook


book-mediarelations-180x150

This 8-chapter resource contains practical implications for some of the most innovative developments in media relations, including the technologies, methodologies and mannerisms that determine the ecosystem in which PR pros practice this essential part of their craft.

Use code “50off” at checkout.

Save $100 on a PR News Subscription



Let PR News become your weekly, go-to resource for the latest PR trends, case studies and tip sheets. Topics covered include visual storytelling, social media, measurement, crisis management and media relations.

Use code “SUBDEAL” at checkout.

Comments are closed.