Speech-Time Exclusive, Issue #003 -- Audience Techniques: Awakening the Dead
Back to Back Issues Page
Speech-Time Exclusive, Issue #003 -- Audience Techniques: Awakening the Dead
July 15, 2008

Audience Techniques: Awakening the Dead



Audience Techniques: Awakening the Dead

Have you ever spoken to a dead audience? No reaction, no matter how good your stories or how funny your jokes! There's one technique I've found that always brings the dead back to life. Here's the secret:

Audience participation.

It doesn't sound complicated, and it's not. If you can get someone up on stage with you, you'll instantly have everyone's complete attention. Why? Two reasons:

1. They're wondering what will happen - and realize it could happen to them.

2. They're thinking about what they would say. (And are possibly nervous about getting called up themselves.)

By getting someone up there with you, you turn the tables on your audience. You're no longer solely responsible for the presentation. Your audience has something new and exciting to watch and think about. Beyond that, your volunteer can boost your credibility by adding useful, important, value-building information that the audience will be sympathetic with because your volunteer is one of them.

Jump down past the quote for ideas to get audience participation.

---

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. (Robert Louis Stevenson, Reflections and Remarks on Human Life, sct. 3)

I'd like to recommend you check out an excellent new product from the New York based Phobia Clinic. They've put the best material they teach their clients (who pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to work with them) onto a new CD-based home study program called "Vanquish Fear & Anxiety in Just 24 Hours". They offer a full 60-day no-quibble guarantee so there's no risk and the material you learn is truly outstanding. See Vanquish Fear & Anxiety in just 24 hours here... Now that's Speech-Time!

---

How can you get audience members on stage? Here are a few of my favorite ways:

1. Get somebody to tell a story to prove your point. If you know who that person is beforehand, even better. If you don't know anyone in the audience, ask for volunteers. For example, if you're speaking to PR employees about customer relations, you might ask for customer relations horror stories. Someone is certain to have one. You might have to open up with a story yourself, but people will share if you're persistent.

2. Point out someone who is a good example of what you're saying. If you're discussing dress for interviews and formal events, call someone up who is dressed well for such an occasion.

3. Recognize someone for a recent award or accomplishment. Call him up on stage for the recognition.

Finally, have fun! Humor will change a potentially embarrassing situation to a fun one. To close, give your helper a gift and lead the audience in a round of applause. They'll be awake; you'll have their attention. Success - you brought your dead audience to life!

Happy Speaking,

Devin

P.S. If you like this e-zine, please do a friend and me a big favor and "pay it forward" by passing this email along.

If a friend DID forward this to you and if you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting Speech-Time.com.

P.P.S. Not only is public speaking my hobby, it's also my profession. To find out how you can do the same and make your passion your profession, visit my About Us web page.

Back to Back Issues Page