10 Ways to Engage Your Audience During MeetingsIf you are a manager, then team meetings are essential but it is also crucial that you make them productive, worthwhile and interesting to attend. Here are 10 tips.
Slow Down1 Avery EisenreichWhen feeling stressed and anxious, we tend to speak quickly. It is therefore important to slow down your speech, enunciate your words and make eye contact with your audience. You are less likely to stumble over words when speaking slowly and clearly.
Communicate Clearly2 Avery EisenreichWhat you say is only powerful if it is understood by everyone that is listening to you speak. While it may be tempting to show off your extensive vocabulary or knowledge industry jargon, it is important to use a common language your audience understands.
Use Humor3 Avery EisenreichHumor is a powerful way to engage an audience. Any humor used during meetings should not be offensive and maintain a professional tone. As well, jokes should not target a specific person or group of people as that may be perceived as hurtful and unprofessional.
Address Problems4 Avery EisenreichIdentify the problems your audience faces and address them in your meeting. Provide potential solutions based on feedback.
Encourage Interaction5 Avery EisenreichSometimes the best course of action is to lead a dialogue rather than give a straightforward presentation. Allow audience members to ask questions. Organize group discussion and encourage feedback.
Keep It Short6 Avery EisenreichWith very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on. Not only will peoples attention start to drop rapidly after 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little information to take in. Keep it short and to the point.
Have a Hook7 Avery EisenreichOpen with something surprising or intriguing = something that will get your audience to sit up and take notice. The most powerful hooks are often those that appeal directly to your audiences emotions.
Smile!8 Avery EisenreichBe enthusiastic so that your audience is enthused about what you have to say.
Avoid Reading Scripts9 Avery EisenreichDont read scripts or lectures to the audience. Opt to use cue cards or sticky notes instead to remind yourself of examples and key points to elaborate on during the meeting.
Prepare! Prepare! Prepare! 10 Avery EisenreichPrepare for the meeting by creating an agenda. Email the agenda to all participants of the meeting ahead of time with allotted time slots for each topic of discussion. This way everyone is on the same page and there are no last minute surprises.
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