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.**