Public Speaking – Involving the Audience During a Speech

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tom Antion shares some tips on how to involve the audience during a speech.

    Tom Antion: Ladies and gentlemen, esteemed guests, my name is Tom Antion. A veteran of over 3000 paid speaking engagements around the world. Yeah, and not one of them has been behind a lectern. You know these lecterns, a lot of times they have the hotel's logo right here, that's not to advertise the hotel. That's so that the people that wake up from their coma in the audience, if you do a bad speaking engagement, know where they are at.

    Well, I am going to give you three tips on how to really involve the audience, how to bring them to you. And the first one has to do with getting out from behind this lectern, we don't need this thing, get rid of it. Get out there with the audience, if you can't come to them, make them come to you. Get them up on stage with you, have them writing on the flip chart, have a contest where they're all up on stage with you. They'll love you for it.

    The second thing you can do is involve them mentally. Did you know you can whisk a person from right where they are, even fifty years in the past just by asking them a question? Let's say you ask them, remember back to the first toy you had when you were a child, do you remember what it was? Wow, mentally they are just zoomed fifty years in the past, back to their childhood, back to a happier time.

    The third way is to involve them emotionally. Do things and use language that pulls on their heart strings, that makes them laugh that makes them happy, that moves them around emotionally, and if you do these three things, people will be so involved in the audience, they won't want you to quit, and they'll invite you back every time they can.