There are many ways to make sure that your audience is following along as you present. Here comes a few learning points we had from analyzing different talks, both our own talks, the king of Norway, and many many others 👑
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By Nicolai August Hagen
December 15, 2020
At December 7th, I introduced the concept of recreational talk analysis. In our competency group on talks, we have also done this in a more structured format, analyzing both each others on competency days, as well as more renowned "third-party" speakers. In this article, I share the most important results!
First and foremost, you need to go quickly through for yourself before your talk; who is your audience, really? Is the audience the steering group in a company wanting all the answers, your best friends at your bachelorette party wanting a good time, or children trying to learn coding?
Giving it some minutes in advance to understand who your audience is really helps when it comes to keeping them focused. If you organize your bachelorette-speech in the same way as the presentation to the steering group committee, they would get bored. The other way around, the steering group would perhaps raise some eyebrows on structuring laying out the Q3 numbers as a bachelorette-party-speech.
In every presentation, it can be good to do something that breaks with the normal flow in your presentation. Especially if it's a longer presentation. Your may for example "break up" by:
Make sure people feel that you are talking about them:
Humor has a natural way of keeping people focused during a talk! Be spontaneous with your jokes. However, be careful not to use it too much. Also, only use humor if it comes natural to you.
There are good reasons for the success of TV shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians, The Osbournes and Paradise hotel; we all love to listen to other's secrets!
If you are comfortable with it, being personal, open and honest on stage can really engage your audience. Especially curious human beings will really get their ears out.
Lastly, some tips on gestures, body language:
As Trond will talk more about tomorrow, there is also a lot you can do with your pitch of voice during a presentation. More on this in the next article 🚀