Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ways We Embrace Our Audience

As promised, we would like to write about how we captivate our audience which has allowed us to bring in over 12,000 views in such a short time. I find many of my peers often ask me how I have such a well established social game, and in professional situations, how I am able to speak clearly and concisely, driving the point home. I had a few people go so far as to say, "(Mr. White) can talk himself into, and out of any situation he likes." I find that my actions come naturally, but I will attempt to describe my thought process when capturing my audience.

Attention to Detail: I find that many people who are giving speeches, briefings, presentations, or just conversing often stray too far from the topic at hand. You must remember that your audience wants the information, and will loose interest if you do not remind them what you are talking about. You can help yourself stay on topic with index cards, power point presentations, and other tools to remind you the topics and sub-topics you are working on delivering to your audience.

Repetition: I touched on it in my previous point, but stating it again better proves the truth behind this. Repetition is needed in any form of conversation, speech, presentation, or otherwise. This is because as humans, it has been scientifically proven that we retain information with repetition. Remember to include a proper introduction and closing, giving your information in a logical, linear manner.

Practice: As a final tip, practice. Practice makes perfect. I personally have never rehearsed a presentation, speech, briefing, conversation, or otherwise in my life. But I also never studied in school and achieved a 4.7GPA at the end of my high school career (AP classes pushed it passed 4.0). Though the above is true, I am not like most individuals. Practice is what is needed to become great at capturing your audience. If you know your material, it will flow naturally and there will be less interruptions in your dialogue.

Well guys, that's all for now. If you would like more tips and how-to's, please let us know in the comments below. I would be happy to include a new series of posts just on specific information such as this!

Have a great day!

-Mr. White.
When I have the spotlight (pretty much all the time), I never want to bore my audience. I feel obligated in a sense to make sure they enjoy my presence. I’ve had a few people ask how I am able to keep my audience interested in what I am doing or saying etc. Teachers were impressed during presentations. Friends were asking advice on how to keep their crush interested. My methods are simple.

Step one: Reason. There’s always a reason for your audience to be your audience, so make sure you keep that reason alive.

Step two: Emotion. Whether it be laughter or sadness, conveying emotion helps your audience to relate to you, making them more interested in what you’re going to say next. Finally, last but not least,

Step three: The Element of Surprise. Everyone loves a good surprise whether they want to admit it or not. If you can catch someone off guard with a good surprise, you’ll have them hooked! These aren’t the only steps/ways to keep an audience. Just my main important ones. Of the many other resources, insanity being the most fun ;)

-Mr. Black


Omnislash said...

Awesomeness. :) Keep it up!

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