How to Captivate an Audience When Presenting

When presenting to any audience, the most fundamental goal is to keep everyone engaged. From cell phones to the prospect of lunch, there are many distractions threatening to take their attention from you. Everyone in the VMG Global community of business consultants aspires to master public speaking. They often work together, coaching one another on their quests to give compelling speeches.

Planning is perhaps the public speaking skill they cover most extensively. It’s important to prepare detailed outlines, but plan to present with sincerity. Instead of speaking from a script, speak from the heart. This is a matter of channelling passion for the subject matter and communicating such feelings during the delivery, which requires a lot of practise. As Mark Twain said, “It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.”

It’s also helpful to tell an audience what they are about to hear. When giving talks to one another, someone in the VMG Global community might say, “In the next 20 minutes, I’m going to tell you about _______. I’ll explain what it is, and detail the process for achieving it. You can implement this information when _________.” This type of introduction will get people excited for what’s coming.

There’s no need to make public speaking more complicated than necessary; by getting and keeping your audience engaged, you will be well on your way to excellence. Like VMG Global on Facebookfor a closer look into our world of presenting.

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