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Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You: Don’t Put People To Sleep

Has a boring speaker ever put you to sleep?

Your head begins to nod as you fight off the urge to slip mercifully into the Land of the Z’s or has your mind ever wandered during someone’s dull presentation?

Although you appear to listen intently, what you are really thinking about are the million tasks waiting for you at home.

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You: It Happens More Often Than You Think

Sure, this has happened to all of us, more than we would like to admit. However, don’t let it happen to you when you are the speaker.

The key to keeping your audience from taking a mental exit is to involve them in your talk.

Yes! Studies show that the more you involve your audience, the more they retain.

Why?

Because they are listening!

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You: 5 Ways To Get Your Audience Into The Speech

You can involve your audience in several ways, and I have listed 5 of my favorites below.

Select those that will work well with your presentation and that feel genuine to you.

If it feels uncomfortable, it will look uncomfortable—so don’t use it.

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You Tip #1: Ask Questions
Questions will cause your audience members to try to think of an answer.

They can’t help it – it is simply how our brains are wired. If the energy in the room starts to drop, ask a question and select a member of your audience to respond.

Then, thank him or her for participating and move on to the next person.

Don’t worry about loosing control of your audience. Sales guru Brian Tracy emphasizes, “He (she) who asks questions is in control.”

I personally prefer questions like “How many of you . . .,” and then I ask for a show of hands.

These closed-ended questions get your audience involved both mentally and physically.

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You  Tip #2: Finish Your Sentence
For example, if you said to your audience, “Lions and tigers and bears . . .” and did not finish the sentence, what do you think they would say?

As long as they are familiar with the movie The Wizard of Oz, they would respond with “Oh my!” This is a fun way to get your audience to participate.

If they know the answer, they will blurt it out. If they don’t, you answer it.

Choose something that should be so obvious they will absolutely get it.

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You  Tip #3: High-Five
This is one of my personal favorites, and if you have attended one of my talks you have experienced it firsthand. If you ever feel like the energy in the room is heavy, you can change it by using this technique.

Simply ask a question (remember the power of asking questions).

Ask, “Is this good stuff?”

When your audience responds with “Yes,” say “Then, turn to the people on either side of you and give them a high-five and say ‘This is good stuff!’”

Most people get a kick out of it. However, if you have an individual in your audience who does not want to participate, don’t worry about it.

Some people simply just don’t want to have fun.

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You  Tip #4:  Do Exercises
I learned this trick from the famous millionaire T. Harv Ecker when I took his “Train the Trainer” course. He says, “Get your audience to do the work.”

To accomplish this, ask them to break into groups of two or three (with people that they don’t know) and give them an exercise that is congruent with your presentation.

Afterward, ask them to share openly with the rest of the group and thank them for doing so.

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You  Tip #5: Give Them Candy
Reward your audience for participating, and they will participate even more.

Simply ask a question and when someone answers it, gently throw a small piece of candy to that person. I find that chocolate works best.

You will find that it becomes a game and people will compete for the chocolate.

I don’t use this throughout my entire speech, only for a few minutes in the middle of my talk.

 

Key Ways To Keep The Audience With You: Final Thought

There are many other ways and techniques to get your audience involved.

What is important as a speaker is for you to come up with as many different ways as you can think of that are appropriate for your audience and for you as a speaker.

Believe me, your audience will thank you.

 

 

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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What Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational Speaker

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What Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational Speaker: The Keys To Get There

Today is my birthday and as I grow a year older. I find myself making new goals that I will accomplish for the year. One of my previous goals was to become a motivational speaker and comedian. However for the sake of this post I will cover the things that I did in order to make my goal of being a motivational speaker a reality.

What Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational SpeakerWhat Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational Speaker: The Process

 

Here are the steps that I took in order to accomplish my goal of being a motivational speaker.
  1. Evaluate your special message

Consider what it is that you have to say that would be of value to others–have you experienced great adversity, or received some special education? In order to succeed as a motivational speaker, you must have something special to deliver.
   2. Carve out your niche

Motivational speaking is, in many ways, a product that must be sold. Why should someone pay to hear you impart your message? Be able to articulate your unique experiences and explain exactly how you can inspire others.
3. Create an outline of your presentation

This will be used not only to provide a framework for your talk but also as a marketing piece for potential clients. Furthermore, many people are visual learners and can gain more from a visual representation than a spoken one.
   4. Contact large, not-for-profit corporations and professional groups and make it clear you are available

While there is nothing wrong with directly asking for a gig, announcing your availability will let them feel privileged to work with you.
   5. Contact speakers’ bureaus and notify them of your availability

Some speakers’ bureaus charge you to list your services, others charge nothing. Most bureaus take a percentage for acting as your agent. Search for “speakers’ bureaus” on the Internet.
   6. Be willing to work for free to get your name out

Once others hear your interesting story or experience, they may want to hire you. Inform everyone you know that you are looking for organizations who want a good motivational speaker. Volunteer to speak at service clubs in your area.
   7. Write and publish articles or books if possible, in order to establish yourself as an authority in your subject

You do not need to publish a book people will find in the local bookstore. Post to websites like wikiHow and submit to on-line magazines and blogs.
   8. Draw up a written agreement, or contract, for all engagements

The written agreement should contain, among other matters, how the fees will be paid (e.g., cash, check, over time), how long you are expected to speak, whether you will be reimbursed for travel expenses, and the time and date. This will help to avoid any disputes at a later time.

What Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational SpeakerWhat Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational Speaker: Tips To Consider

 

Here are some more tips I can offer to help you in the journey of being a motivational speaker.

* Join a local Toastmasters Club

You will learn and practice everything you need to know when presenting a Motivational Speech, as well as any other type of speech.
    * Dress consistent with the perception you wish to convey

If you want to convey professionalism and success, business attire is probably best. Some motivational speakers use clothing to make a point in their presentation.
    * Speak clearly and repeat your main messages at least three times
* Keep it fun and lively

Audience participation is a great way for adults to learn, and you can do this in any number of ways.

For example, one speaker handed out raisins and slowly took the audience through the life of that raisin and all that had to happen for that raisin to be in their hands.

This kind of activity makes the audience feel part of the speech and facilitates learning. Remember that any activities must be relevant to the topic you are speaking on.

 

What Do I Need In Order to Become A Motivational Speaker: How To Overcome Nervousness

 

Here are some things to get over the inevitable nervousness that occurs before you go up before an audience

* If you forget what to say or begin to get nervous in front of a large crowd, stop, take a deep breath, and speak from the heart

Your audience will be happy to hear your honest experiences.
* One of the best ways to overcome nervousness is to focus on how you can serve your audience instead of worrying about what they are thinking about you

These are some key things to keep in mind as well as things that has help me to become a motivational speaker. Now I challenge you to go out and conquer your dreams. If it includes being a motivational speaker, be sure to take a speech class, join Toastmasters, and/or contact me in order to take the first step on your journey.

 

Take Care and God Bless,

Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell

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