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Keeping the audience entertained by Maria

24 Nov Keeping the audience entertained by Maria

The British writer Lytton Strachey said once: “Perhaps the best test of a man’s intelligence is his capacity for making a summary.

Being able to express and summarize your ideas is a great gift and also the result of hard work and training. Nobody is born a speaker, practice is the magic solution for success.

Keeping the audience entertained and attracted to what you are saying is not that easy. Not only the message content counts but also the way it is brought over to the listeners. I am a big fan of the KISS principle – Keep It Simple & Stupid. Only when a message is COMPLETELY clear to the audience it may become a topic of interest. Making sure to have a clear understandable message and presenting it in a entertaining way are the two big things to keep in mind.

To check if your audience is really interested in what you are telling them you can follow the advice of Gretchen Rubin – author of some New York Times bestsellers:

“if you’re a speaker trying to figure out if an audience is interested in what you’re saying:

… Back in 1885, Sir Francis Galton wrote a paper called “The Measurement of Fidget.” He determined that people slouch and lean when bored, so a speaker can measure the boredom of an audience by seeing how far from vertically upright they are. Also, attentive people fidget less; bored people fidget more. An audience that’s upright and still is interested, while an audience that’s horizontal and squirmy is bored.”

You can find here a link to the full text of the article:

http://gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2011/10/every-wednesday-is-tip-day-this-wednesday-seven-tips-for-knowing-if-youre-boring-someone-in-a-movie-i-love-a-quir/

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