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3 Tips to Get Your Audience Attention During Your Presentation

3 Tips to Get Your Audience Attention During Your Presentation

A good presentation will determine the success of any business plan, the first thing that comes to mind before any presentation is “How can I sustain the audience’s attention during my presentation?”

Some audience will only decide to give the speaker a fair chance by listening closely for the first few minutes of his/her presentation. As the presentation continues you notice the attention of the audience weakened. With a lot of distractions, some will be writing something else, and some looking out the window while the presentation is on. Noticing all this distraction is frustrating to the presenter.

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The good news is, this article will address this problem if applied wisely.

1. You should never maintain a particular position.

It is in human nature for our attention not to be focused on particular activities for too long, but this is possible with any moving object. Whenever you are presenting a speech or a powerpoint template, It is advisable to keep moving from one place to another either from the table, podium or wherever you have your materials. Initially, you may feel out of place, but what you only need is the courage to present your speech, as you proceed with the presentation you feel more relaxed. With the attention of your listener focused on you as you move from one point to another.

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2. Make your presentation an interactive one.

In the past, most listeners will just sit for a particular period of time while a speaker presents his/her speech during an event. But in our present world, the best form to get your listener interested in your presentation is when the audience involved. It’s hard to get bored if you form part of the action use the name of the listener by involving them in active activities that foster interaction. When referring to known people or places, attention increases. This is applicable to small audiences. You could decide to ask each of your audience to share their various experiences, and to identify the various areas they feel is important to the subject being discussed and to also make meaningful contributions.  You can also choose to make the presentation more interesting by engaging your audience with various exercises at interval to bring forth a more promising output during your presentation; this could also be achieved by appointing a leader on each row or tables according to the seating arrangement of your audience to give you feedback on each task being assigned to them.

3. Tell an interesting story when presenting.

It is appealing when a story or presentation comes out interesting and captivating during your presentation. People or the audience doesn’t become enticed at the first stage of a presentation, but at the second stage, they get more enthralled when an interesting story is presented to the audience. It is important to have an interesting story which can captivate the audience. It could be a business strategy, financial gain or a new research work, but as the case may be, it is advisable to make your presentation interesting. For example, you can start the presentation without getting any attention from the audience, but once you start bringing out important facts and new ideas or, as the case may be the audience start concentrating on what you are saying at that point you can know when you have the audience attention or not

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Applying this few tips mentioned above will not only make your presentation, lively and interesting but will enable you to get the complete attention of your audience during the entire presentation, and this could be the beginning of great things to come as a presenter.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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