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Welcome to my new video series: Communication Strategies and Secrets from a Communication Strategist on how to Engage your Audience. Tip 1 is so easy. Arrive early at the room where you will be giving your presentation. Communication strategies are important topics for my loyal readers and I do my best to address valuable ideas to fit their needs! 🙂
Communication Strategies #1: Get comfortable with the room
Check out the chairs and seating arrangements. Do you want your audience to sit in a circle, round tables or classroom style? It makes a difference on the formality of your style, audience size, and topic. Practice with the microphone to make sure it is working and that there are no speakers in the ceiling that will make squeaky sounds. Most hotels have staff dedicated to audiovisual issues.
Communication Strategies #2: Greet your audience
Once you feel comfortable with the room set up, stand in the doorway and greet your audience. This one idea will increase your audience engagement. You can ask them the following questions to warm them up to you:
- Why did you sign up for your session? That is if they had a choice to select from.
- What do you hope to learn from me today?
- What message do your peers need to hear from me?
You will gather great information to use to show your audience that you care about them.
Ask them if you can call on them especially if they have a great idea to share.
Stay tuned for more ideas on how to improve your presentations. All of these ideas can be used in a small workshop or even a large keynote.
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Add a comment to my blog on what you do to make the room comfortable for you and your audience. You will receive a response from me because I enjoy connecting with my readers! 🙂 You are always welcome to send me a private email with concerns that you are experiencing at work.
Please contact me on my cell at 248.310.6998 or 800.713.1926 to explore how career coaching could be a great action step for your career development. Lately clients have called to help them improve their public speaking skills. It only took a few sessions and they were pleased with the results. There are many options to fit your budget and time schedule! 🙂
Until next time,
Joyce Weiss, M.A., CSP
Career Coach and Communication Strategist
Have a great week.
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