Losing the Audience

What do you do when your audience starts to glaze over?*

Here are a few tactics:

-Pause. Whenever the presenter stops speaking, everyone looks up to see what’s happening.

-Change your tone. Slow up and speak a little softer, or speed up and speak louder.  It’s an attention getter.

-Move. Just changing the side of the room where you are presenting to the other side will refresh the audience.

-Address the issue.  Ask if people need some clarification or if they want to take a short break.

-Be self critical. Are you speaking too long? Are you really connecting with the audience?

It’s a very good idea to contact members of the audience by phone afterwards and ask them to evaluate the presentation.  Everyone needs feedback.

*This has never happened to me.**

**This week.

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