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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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    • 7 Simple Strategies BY SHEILA B ROBINSON To Engage Any Audience
    • Why do presenters present? To teach
    • Why do presenters present? To share information
    • Why do presenters present? To tell stories
    • Why do presenters present? To share results
    • Why do presenters present? To share ideas
    • Successful presenters… Engage their audiences
    • Unsuccessful presenters… Mmmm…not so much
    • So, how do you get… …this audience …and not this one?
    • Strategy #1 Know them
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #1 Ask those who invited you about them.
    • Strategy #1 Administer a survey or pre-assessment to them.  
    • Strategy #1   What are their interests, experiences, skills, knowledge, or learning needs?
    • Strategy #1   Knowing this can inform thoughtful design of both content and audience engagement strategies.
    • Strategy #2 Appreciate them
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #2 Tell them!
    • Strategy #2 Tell them how much you appreciate their time, attention, and participation.
    • Strategy #3 Ask questions
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #3 Ask them to raise their hands in response to a question to the group.
    • Strategy #3 Even rhetorical questions can engage an audience when you have little opportunity for interaction, right?
    • Strategy #4 Be human, approachable, and vulnerable
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #4 If you make a mistake, admit it.
    • Strategy #4 Laugh at yourself.
    • Strategy #4 Be honest!
    • Strategy #4 Tell them that you don’t know everything about your topic and that you are still a learner.
    • Strategy #4 Tell them how you thought, behaved, or worked prior to learning what you’re now sharing with them.
    • Strategy #5 Offer resources
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #5 Show them opportunities for further reading, continued learning, tools & other resources relevant to their work.
    • Strategy #5 If you have a website or blog, develop a portion of it with links to relevant resources.
    • Strategy #5 Invite them to connect after the presentation (through social media, email, etc.) to ask additional questions.
    • Strategy #6 Get them learning from each other
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #6 Encourage them to collaborate with you and educate their co-learners.
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #6 Turn and talk: Give them something to talk about with a “next-door” seatmate.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Strategy #6 Use activity protocols:     See the National School Reform Faculty’s array of protocols appropriate for adult audiences.
    • Strategy #7 Challenge them
    • HOW?
    • Strategy #7 Challenge their thinking and current understanding of your topic.    
    • Strategy #7 Induce cognitive dissonance.
    • Strategy #7 It’s not just about presenting new information, but about challenging their beliefs or understanding …
    • Strategy #7 …and supporting them in making connections from your new information to their existing understanding.    
    • Strategy #7 Challenge them to reach a goal during your presentation –    
    • Strategy #7 – to add two more of something to their list, toolbox, repertoire, etc.
    • LET’S REVIEW
    • 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
    • Read the article: presentationmagazine.com •  Seven Simple Strategies to Engage Any Audience
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    • Thank you! Sheila B Robinson