There are many attention grabbing techniques we can employ to keep the audience glued to us. Here’s a surefire method: Find some excuse to get someone on stage with you. When a member of the audience is on stage, trust me, the rest of the audience will concentrate fully for the following reasons:
1. They probably want to see what is going to happen to a fellow member.
2. Maybe they are mentally preparing themselves to be up on stage too.
3. Some of them may be worrying to death that they may be asked to be up there.
Whatever the reasons may be, congratulations, you have grabbed their attention.
I’ve experienced this situation myself. Often I’m invited to a Tamil speaking function. As a Tamil leader, I am expected to address the audience in Tamil. Unfortunately, my command of the Tamil language is pathetic. Therefore, I cringe with embarrassment every time I face the possibility of addressing the audience in Tamil.
Similarly, your audience may also cringe with embarrassment for various unknown reasons.
Therefore, the technique that I employ is to first plant one or two ‘volunteers’ among the audience. These ‘volunteers’ would have been briefed in advance on what to expect and do. Once I get the ball rolling with these ‘volunteers’ the others will gain the courage to come forward voluntarily.
In order to minimize the chance of withdrawal you can also make the following statement:
In a moment I’m going to ask for a volunteer to come on stage with me. Don’t worry. No one will be forced to do so against their will.
If you have a high percentage of shy audience members, you will be able to feel their relief.
Once they are on stage, you can proceed with some sort of demonstration which you planned for. Make sure you give them some kind of prize. One of your products is usually good because it gives you a chance to mention it without using a hard sell. And just about always lead the audience in a round of applause for the demonstrator as they return to their seat.
Good Luck in your next presentation.
Now that you have gained some useful pointers on how to become a better public speaker, I encourage you not to stop here. Keep “sharpening your saw” by getting practical experience on public speaking. Grab the opportunity to speak in public as often as possible. The more stage time you accrue, the higher your self-esteem and confidence will become. Do purchase my book called Fearless Public Speaking at http://www.betterpublicspeaking.com/fearless-public-speaking-2/ This 11,500+ word book will give you more pointers towards becoming a seasoned orator. I look forward to that wonderful day in your life when you will become ‘complete’ and you will discover your true purpose in this world. May you discover it through your public speaking endeavors.
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