Public Speaking: Audience Expectations

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For public speaking, audience expectations are simple and are met with simple interactions. Fulfill the audience's expectations with tips from a communication specialist in this free video on public speaking.

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What your audience wants. I talked about this briefly in the last series, but let me talk about it a little bit more, in terms of interacting with your audience,and when I say interacting, I mean talking to them, such that they're engaged with you. They're listening to you. They're thinking about what you're saying, but also engaging them into the presentation. You may call for questions. You may get questions throughout. Some of these things depend upon the formality of the presentation, how to take questions and answers at the end. I find as a presenter, that my presentations go best, when I can interact with the audience, as much as possible. It allows me to engage the audience. It allows me to know who they are. It allows me to determine which points that I brought to the table, are going to be most useful to them, so what do they want? They want you to do a good job. In other words, if you don't do a good job, you'll be a waste of their time, and we know they don't want that. They want you to help them out. Again, they probably know something about what you're talking about. Maybe it's a presentation on something that is brand new to them. Regardless, they're there, because what you have to say, can enhance their expertise, can enhance their life, can enhance something, about their experience. The audience doesn't actually care if you can entertain them, but of course if you can, they love that. If you're funny, that's great. If you tell great stories, that's wonderful. If you're entertaining, all the better, but that's not what they go in there looking for. Your audience wants to get something out of the presentation, and therefore it's critical, that you determine who they are, what they want, what motivates them, so that you can deliver the message, that will be of most value, to them.


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