5 Simple Tips to Captivate Your Audience

May 12, 2017 by  

Would you like to engage and motivate your audiences?

Here are 5 simple tips that will make you unforgettable.

1. Make eye contact. Is there anything more basic for persuasion? When was the last time you trusted somebody who wouldn’t look you in the eye? Look at your listeners while you are speaking and you will look more authentic and relatable.

2. Have fun. Sounds pretty basic, doesn’t it? You set the tone for your audience so if you look like this is a painful experience, your audience will feel pained as well. Instead, if you look like you are enjoying yourself, speaking with energy, enthusiasm, and passion, they will be convinced that you must be saying something worth listening to.

3. Smile. Smiling helps to build trust with your audience. If a smile is inappropriate, at
least wear a pleasant expression and again speak with energy and elan. People connect more with someone who has a nice facial expression, so offer that to them!

4. Energize your voice. Speakers who do not project their voice with sufficient volume make listeners work too hard. So, when you speak, try to generate sufficient vocal power and energy to reach every listener in the room, especially people in the back and those who are hard of hearing. The larger the speaking venue, the more you must project your voice.

5. Be aware of your nonverbal messages. What your body is telling the audience is no less critical to your success than what your voice and words are saying. It is important to be sure that your non-verbal messaging reinforces and matches your verbal message, otherwise it is confusing and can actually cause your audience to disengage.
It is a good idea to spend a great deal of time practicing your presentation rather than just focussing on the content. You need to look comfortable, confident, and knowledgeable when in front of an audience. A good idea is to practice in front of a mirror, friends who will be honest with you or a recording device. In this way you will be able to see what your audience is going to see and can adjust as necessary.

The above tips can help you to become a more captivating speaker and then you will have greater success and more fun when you speak in front of an audience.