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20 Great Ways to Engage and Involve Your Audience - Business Communications

Engage your Audience

Engage your Audience
  • Ask questions.
  • Ask to introduce themselves.
  • Do a paper or online survey.
  • Ask them during the presentation.
  • Create a "Round Robin" discussion to hear from everyone.
  • Ask listeners certain facts or data.
  • Set up a demonstration.
  • Ask for volunteers to write on a flip chart, track the time, or record action items.
  • Give a pre-test or post-test.
  • Engage them physically, prepare some ice-breakers.

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20 Great Ways to Engage and Involve Your Audience - Business Communications

20 Great Ways to Engage and Involve Your Audience - Business Communications

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Engage your Audience

  • Ask questions.
  • Ask to introduce themselves.
  • Do a paper or online survey.
  • Ask them during the presentation.
  • Create a "Round Robin" discussion to hear from everyone.
  • Ask listeners certain facts or data.
  • Set up a demonstration.
  • Ask for volunteers to write on a flip chart, track the time, or record action items.
  • Give a pre-test or post-test.
  • Engage them physically, prepare some ice-breakers.

Improve your Presentation

  • Welcome humor that happens.
  • Enliven your slides with pictures you have taken of people, product, or locations.
  • Insert short video clips to hear from significant people.
  • Tell a story to illustrate your points.
  • Format your presentation like a story with a problem and solution.
  • Use slides only as a backup; the audience and you come before the slides.

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