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Waking up your passive audience

It’s good to give your audience more than a passive role during your presentation. These days, millennials have short attention… what was I saying?

Even if you are going to talk to an audience non-stop, you can allow them to signal back to you how it is going for them. Then you can respond in real-time to the feedback you’re given. For example, you could invite them to wave a hand as the signal for you to speed up and show them another signal which they can use to get you to slow down – a police-like halt sign perhaps.   

For this kind of interaction to work effectively, it’s best to teach your audience the signals one at a time and have them practice them before the talk gets going properly. Then they are more likely to engage because they know you are taking it seriously. 

You also need to be alert to the first person who uses it, so that you can respond immediately to build trust in that system. You could, for example, begin by starting deliberately and exaggeratedly fast so that they are forced to signal to you and you can graciously respond.

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