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Hook Your Audience

Public speaking can be pretty intimidating. For many people, it can feel like a highly challenging task and one that makes them feel pretty anxious, so they tend to avoid it. However, public speaki...

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Ask the audience questions

The first tip to hook an audience is to ask them questions to ponder. Start your speech by presenting them with an intriguing question. Tie this question to your presentation but don’t give the ans...

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Tailor your examples to the audience

Giving examples is very important. They help the information stick and also clarify what you are talking about. However, you should try to tailor your examples to the audience in front of you. Make...

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Build suspense as you tell a story

In the same way that you don’t always want to answer a question right away to build suspense, you don’t always want to give away the end of a story.

We are naturally wired to like stories an...

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Get people involved

A common mistake is to avoid looking at or engaging with the audience. Instead, it’s useful to bring people in. Ask them to raise their hands, to answer questions, to do an exercise (even if it is ...

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Keep it light

Even if you are presenting at a very serious conference, there is no need to take yourself too seriously. Add humor if it is appropriate, as that will help everyone, including you relax and enjoy t...

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Enjoy yourself

If you come onto the podium as a person condemned to death, the audience is likely to feel your discomfort. It’s not a pleasant feeling. While you might be anxious as you take the stage, focus on t...

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Put some energy into it

Avoid reading your speech and don’t be that guy or gal who is just reading the slides. Audiences can read. They want to see you talk about something you know, so try to offer a little energy.

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Ask for feedback and give space for questions

During your presentation, you should always try to leave room for questions. The questions people ask will help you see how you did and also make them feel more invested, as they get to participate...

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