Lesson 24º








Getting the public's attention

The speaker should try and bring the speech closer to the audience, breaking distance.

He should try and win over the audience, even if they agree or disagree with the speaker's thesis.

This will help capture the audience's attention and predispose favourably towards the speaker's points of view.

You will win over the public with kindness and charm.

Greeting the audience as soon as you get on the stage, looking at them, thanking them sincerely for their attendance.

Thanking the presence of somebody or group that has travelled from far.

Giving off a friendly image (in the expression, voice).

Looking at the audience (this allows you to strengthen the communication).

Tell anecdotes which will help you to get closer to the audience (about people that the audience know, things that happened in a certain place, etc).

Introduce fine touches of humour (it will help you to get closer to the public) they can be used in all types of speeches even if serious (as they help to take away the drama).

If there is a break take advantage of it to mingle with the audience.

At the end of the speech thank everyone again for paying attention.

Also you can win over the audience by getting them to participate, this avoid making the speech a complete monologue.

Proposing questions or giving them the possibility to ask questions.

The speaker should be permanently aware of the public's reaction, trying to immediatly detect any sign of attention loss (looking at their watches, reading a paper, speaking to the person next to them, etc).

The longer you loose the public's attention the more difficult it will be to re-capture it (the audience will find it very difficult to gain interest although they might want to) therefore you need to react immediately.

Changind the tone of your voice, emphasizing, telling an anecdote, showing a slide, asking a question or even having a break (if the speech is going to be long).