How can you expect to inspire someone to do their best when your speech isn’t your best? Your speech needs to be the best you can do to get your message across effectively. Attention is the key to a successful speech. That is, keeping your audience’s attention.
The key to presenting is so that they don’t even realize you are lecturing to them. Entertain them, and keep them focused on your every word. The more positive you are the better you’ll be and the more confident you’ll become.
It won’t be long until you don’t even think of it as work. It will be something you enjoy doing. Here are some helpful ways to enhance your presentations and make them something your audience won’t “have to” listen to. They’ll “want to” listen to it.
Add Audio and Visual Effects to Your Presentation
According to the website Keynote Speaker, when you select your audio visual effects, don’t choose those that are too distracting. You want those that make your speech better, and help you get your point across. Slides that demonstrate where you’ll talking about or show people who you’re discussing can be very helpful.
If you just flash slides throughout that don’t totally relate and are random, they’ll be distracting. Audio clips of someone you’re discussing, like a great speaker or a singer, will be helpful, but just playing music in the background will only take away from your message.
Interact With Your Audience
If your audience is involved in your speech, they will take ownership. They’ll feel better about listening to what you have to say. You can begin your speech by asking a question that gets the audience involved right from the start. You can keep the interaction going by continuing to do this throughout your speech. You can ask for examples from them about what you’re talking about. Go back and forth from talking to involving them so they’ll know they need to listen to keep up.
Start With a Story With Your Audience
Sometime during your speech, usually at the beginning, tell them part of a story. Leave it as a cliff hanger. Don’t finish it. Continue talking about what you want them to learn from you. Then, save your ending of your story for the end. It will bring your speech full circle, and give the audience a feeling of completion. They will pay attention throughout waiting on the end of the story. Make sure your story relative to your topic.
Use a Little Bit of Humor
Humor can be good in a speech, but some have a tendency to overuse it. Overusing it should be saved for comedians. You can open with a joke if it’s a good one to join the audience’s attention. It’s best if you don’t use humor through the majority of your speech. If you do you may confuse the audience and they may doubt whether you are sincere about your topic or not. You can close with a joke related to your topic. If it’s a good one, they will remember you for a long time, and they’ll remember your speech and you will have gotten your message through to them.