Why Most Audiences Fail?
Do all your attempts at audience participation fail?
How can I increase my audiences volume involved in the presentation?
The above is the 1000$ question for most of the webinar presenters/hosts in the recent days.
The very first reply for the above question is “Let your presentation be interactive- do not have listeners “talked at” for the entire session.
Ever Wondered Why it is Difficult to Get High Audience Participation?
It’s because we make the following mistakes without any hesitations:
- Expecting high participations even before warming your viewers.
- Throwing in “tired” questions that doesn’t add any significance to the session
- Irrelevant and bulky directives
- amateurish, unintended and baffled queries
- Expecting immediate replies from audience
Now, make your presentation a success with the following tools…..
Warm up your audience before you start. Tell the crowd you are genuine, certain & capable. Once you have gained the faith, they might willingly participate- get rid of caravans and loud speakers – rise to a trustworthy level and gain more audience.
Know where to add & when to add.
“Planning makes perfect” – This is right when it comes to pulling in more audience, study the topic/session and find out where it would be valuable to have audiences’ contribution. Never disturb your audience just for the sake of it. This would turn-off one’s interests.
Say your presentation is dealt with offering tips for job seekers, you can concentrate on the below
- Tell them how recession could affect their job search.
- Allow them to ask their queries on the job search.
- Tell them one instantaneous process to be done immediately after the presentation
Never dilute your audiences’ interest. Give enough spaces for audiences particularly when you plan your webinar.
Make it easy and then ask over:
Never throw in a question and breathe on your audience’s neck for the answer. Give them their time to think over it and answer. Asking people to respond immediately rarely works -most people hesitate speaking up in a group situation. Encourage discussions-When you pose in a question, give them leverage where they can grade themselves. With this you can easily track where your target crowd is on a particular issue.
Plan anything and everything beforehand:
Think over and plan your questions beforehand. Let all your questions are powerful and thought provoking. Make people come back to you for your knowledge. Test your question before the show starts and drive it in a way that it does not deviate from its actual path or meaning.
Move ahead slowly & consistently
Whatever information you wanted to pass on, let them be transferred step-by-step at constant intervals. Be amazingly premeditated while giving directions. Maintain your pace slow and steady at the same time being polite and informative.
Monitor & Makeover
When you have passed on your session for a conversation, do not relax and engage yourself on any other activities. Pay close attention to every minute detail of the conversation and bring back the audience to you in the right time that you have to do.
Give their time to settle:
At times it gets difficult to get back your audience after a conversation if it’s a large group. A better idea would be is to play mild background music at the time of conversation. Once you wanted your audiences back to you try reducing the volume and notify them about your act and once the volume has completely been faded, give them few seconds to settle and continue with your speech, this can gain you more respect amongst your group.
Do not pressurize to speak.
There might be people who do no not wish to speak in groups. In such cases do not pressurize them upfront or create any situation to make them speak, instead look for alternates where they could communicate with you privately. You can ask them to ping you later with their queries through blogs, e-mail or any other sort of communication.
PREZI and avatar hosts.
You have softwares like PREZI where you could convey your messages in a more effective manner in the form of text zoom in, zoom outs and other sizzling graphics. Avatar host is the new trend where people are given an interesting presentation with very less boredom. Grab these powerful story telling features and win more crowd to your webinar.