How to Captivate an Audience on Stage

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Do you have a presentation coming up? 

Do you think that your presentation has the appropriate elements to captivate your audience?

There is nothing more rewarding than the attention of the audience for the performer. Once the audience processes the information being presented as trivial or dull, they get distracted. You lose them.

Thus, to engage the audience, you need to be prepared. 

To help you out, I have summed up a few tricks in this article that will help you to leave a lasting impression on your audience, without losing credibility. 

Let’s get started.

Start With A Wham!

Begin your presentation with a surprise or something shocking or unexpected. A clap, a song, some music, or some humor maybe. Your sole purpose should be to ignite your audience’s interest. 

Your beginning can either lend you ears or get the necks down.

 Make your audience wonder where you want to take them. Give rise to intrigue, suspense, or curiosity. You will surely get the attention of the audience once they jump into the subject.

Talk About The Audience

Congratulations!

You have won your audience’s attention due to your magnetic opening lines. Your next step now is to empathize with them. Tickle and then soothe the audience’s anxiety. 

Talk about what your audience might need to hear from you; their aspirations or their goals may be.

 Lead them with your words. That will be very persuasive. Your message will lend the audience an impactful meaning. 

Tell Your Audience A Good Story

Stories appeal to the senses, academic concepts, or reasonings usually don’t. 

I swear by the saying ‘facts tell, and stories sell.’ 

Make a good story about your topic to make the audience absorb the information.

Don’t Make It Inert

The pace and development of the presentation are very crucial. Repetitions tend to make the presentations dull and boring. 

Build the blocks of your message by making it dynamic. The audience listens to content-driven and result-oriented presentations. 

Involve Your Audience

Make your audience participate in the presentation. The give and take between you and your listeners will make them have a part in the proceedings. 

Ask them questions, play a game with them, give them a puzzle to solve or riddles. 

Do Not Take Too Much Time

Try to be brief and to-the-point. 

Edgar Dale described in Cone of Experience that people only remember 25% to 50% of what they listen to. 

So, it is better to stop talking before the audience stops listening to you. 

Joe Keith, St. Paul, Minnesota captivating the audience

In conclusion

Do remember whatever you do, confidence is the key!

Keep your voice loud and your chin high. Act out of your character, and the attention of the audience will be yours! 

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