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This is a slide deck I created from my article "Seven Simple Strategies to Engage Any Audience" published on presentationmagazine.com......

This is a slide deck I created from my article "Seven Simple Strategies to Engage Any Audience" published on presentationmagazine.com (http://www.presentationmagazine.com/seven-simple-strategies-to-engage-any-audience-14513.htm) in July 2013.

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  • 1. 7 Simple Strategies BY SHEILA B ROBINSON To Engage Any Audience
  • 2. Why do presenters present? To teach
  • 3. Why do presenters present? To share information
  • 4. Why do presenters present? To tell stories
  • 5. Why do presenters present? To share results
  • 6. Why do presenters present? To share ideas
  • 7. Successful presenters… Engage their audiences
  • 8. Unsuccessful presenters… Mmmm…not so much
  • 9. So, how do you get… …this audience …and not this one?
  • 10. Strategy #1 Know them
  • 11. HOW?
  • 12. Strategy #1 Ask those who invited you about them.
  • 13. Strategy #1 Administer a survey or pre-assessment to them.  
  • 14. Strategy #1   What are their interests, experiences, skills, knowledge, or learning needs?
  • 15. Strategy #1   Knowing this can inform thoughtful design of both content and audience engagement strategies.
  • 16. Strategy #2 Appreciate them
  • 17. HOW?
  • 18. Strategy #2 Tell them!
  • 19. Strategy #2 Tell them how much you appreciate their time, attention, and participation.
  • 20. Strategy #3 Ask questions
  • 21. HOW?
  • 22. Strategy #3 Ask them to raise their hands in response to a question to the group.
  • 23. Strategy #3 Even rhetorical questions can engage an audience when you have little opportunity for interaction, right?
  • 24. Strategy #4 Be human, approachable, and vulnerable
  • 25. HOW?
  • 26. Strategy #4 If you make a mistake, admit it.
  • 27. Strategy #4 Laugh at yourself.
  • 28. Strategy #4 Be honest!
  • 29. Strategy #4 Tell them that you don’t know everything about your topic and that you are still a learner.
  • 30. Strategy #4 Tell them how you thought, behaved, or worked prior to learning what you’re now sharing with them.
  • 31. Strategy #5 Offer resources
  • 32. HOW?
  • 33. Strategy #5 Show them opportunities for further reading, continued learning, tools & other resources relevant to their work.
  • 34. Strategy #5 If you have a website or blog, develop a portion of it with links to relevant resources.
  • 35. Strategy #5 Invite them to connect after the presentation (through social media, email, etc.) to ask additional questions.
  • 36. Strategy #6 Get them learning from each other
  • 37. HOW?
  • 38. Strategy #6 Encourage them to collaborate with you and educate their co-learners.
  • 39. HOW?
  • 40. Strategy #6 Turn and talk: Give them something to talk about with a “next-door” seatmate.
  • 41. Strategy #6 Think-pair-share: Ask them to think about a topic, exchange ideas with a partner, then share their ideas with the large group.
  • 42. Strategy #6 Use technology: Have them use internet-connected devices to answer questions. Try Poll Everywhere and you can project results on the screen in real time.
  • 43. Strategy #6 Use activity protocols:     See the National School Reform Faculty’s array of protocols appropriate for adult audiences.
  • 44. Strategy #7 Challenge them
  • 45. HOW?
  • 46. Strategy #7 Challenge their thinking and current understanding of your topic.    
  • 47. Strategy #7 Induce cognitive dissonance.
  • 48. Strategy #7 It’s not just about presenting new information, but about challenging their beliefs or understanding …
  • 49. Strategy #7 …and supporting them in making connections from your new information to their existing understanding.    
  • 50. Strategy #7 Challenge them to reach a goal during your presentation –    
  • 51. Strategy #7 – to add two more of something to their list, toolbox, repertoire, etc.
  • 52. LET’S REVIEW
  • 53. 7 Simple Strategies #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 Know them Appreciate them Ask questions Be human, approachable, & vulnerable Offer resources Get them learning from each other Challenge them To Engage Any Audience
  • 54. Read the article: presentationmagazine.com •  Seven Simple Strategies to Engage Any Audience
  • 55. IMAGE CREDITS buist bunch Dbduo Photography ohsohappytogether normalityrelief Alessandro Inna Anirudh Koul xenobia joy TheGiantVermin Steve Rhodes colemama Moyen_Brenn gfpack earthkath rachel sian lewishamdreamer Via Flickr.com
  • 56. Thank you! Sheila B Robinson