How Motivational Speakers Need To Communicate With Their Audience

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While the primary purpose of any motivational speaking activity is to share relevant information with the audience, your goal should also be to foster a connection with those who  are listening to your presentation. You want to be seen as friendly, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. Spending some time learning about the needs of  your audience will pay off in a more successful way.

Inexperienced speakers often over prepare for their lectures. They memorize speeches word for word, resulting in a stiff and forced performance that does not allow for any flexibility. An experienced motivational speaker knows that their  talk is a two-way street.

He aspires to create a dialogue with the audience and prepares for their presentation, but he avoids the trap of over-rehearsing. Instead of  delivering a prepackaged monologue, he uses simple note cards to remind himself of his main points and tailors his performances to each individual situation.  He has the confidence to step outside his comfort zone.

Earn the Respect of Your Audience 

A successful motivational speaker who runs the website MotivationalSpeakerz.com stated that, “Before you even begin your speech, you should take a few moments to get a sense of the emotional, mental, and physical state of your audience.” Do they seem restless  or are they sitting attentively? Do they look tired, hungry, or irritable? Does the man in the back row look like he’s about to fall asleep? Is there a woman  who seems to care more about talking on her cell phone than listening to what  you have to say? Are people chatting amongst themselves or reading newspapers  as they wait for you to begin?”

It’s essential that you get a sense of the crowd you are going to be addressing. If you believe that your audience is not in the best frame of mind to listen to your presentation, you have a few options. To deal with an audience that appears irritable and disinterested, you can ask everyone to close their eyes and take a few deep breaths. If your audience seems physically uncomfortable, you can give them a  quick opportunity to stretch, use the restroom, or grab a bite to eat. Giving the audience a few minutes to refocus may take away from your available time,  but this extra effort will pay off by providing listeners that are more  attentive.

Once your presentation begins, let the audience be your guide. If you notice that people  seem to be leaning forward in their chairs, you may be speaking too softly or  too fast to be properly understood. It is a good sign when your audience is  nodding in agreement, but puzzled looks mean that you may want to use  additional examples to clarify your main points. If furrowed brows when using  technical jargon or unfamiliar slang greet you, strategic pauses may be more  effective in getting your message across.

Create An Engaging Motivational Speaking Presentation

Your presentation itself should be structured to answer the primary question every audience  member will ask. Audiences want to know “What’s in it for me?” If you are  speaking about an increase in public school funding to an audience with no  children of their own, you need to show them why they should care about this  issue. If you are trying to convince your supervisor to hire additional  technical support staff for your company, explain how this expense will benefit  him by improving employee productivity.

Keeping audiences engaged requires a creative approach to public speaking. Experienced speakers  give their audiences a place in their presentations by adding interactive  elements. They ask questions and allow opportunities for comments. They address  key members of the audience by name, reference events that are important to the  audience, or acknowledge specific experiences that are common to the group.  When appropriate to the topic, they include icebreakers or group activities.

If you are using humor as part of your presentation, the last thing you want to do is  inadvertently offend your audience. When used effectively, humor can increase  the retention of vital information, enliven otherwise bland topics, and create  a connection between the audience and the motivational speaker. However, the inappropriate  use of humor can cause any presentation to fall flat. If your jokes are greeted  with dead silence, consider that your humor may not be appropriate for this  particular environment. You may be using humor that is targeted toward men or  young adults, instead of comedy that can be appreciated by a more diverse  audience.

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