Lisa Evans, Director of Speaking Savvy and Stories From Heart is an award winning speaker, a World-class Certified Speaking and Storytelling coach and a TEDx speaker coach who helps people globally, to use their voice as a powerful tool to share their message, as we all have stories worth sharing. Having spent over 20 years as a Midwife prior to a life-changing event that led her to leave that career, Lisa is now known as The Story Midwife. Lisa is from Perth, Australia.
The biggest mistakes that cause audience disengagement
The biggest mistakes are:
- Lack of planning. When a speaker delivers a copycat speech, without meeting with the client to find out what they really want. Know and analyze your audience beforehand.
- Overload the audience with too much information. If you cram in too much information you push your audience out. And they switch off. Also, as a speaker you will speed up in order to cover all the information, and you will lose them too.
- Speakers that read from notes. Reading from notes or slides kills the attention.
A Disengaged Audience? Adjust on the Fly!
Lisa’s best piece of advice for engaging with your audience is:
- Plan effectively. Create an audience-centric presentation.
- Read the cues you get from the audience, the little signals.
- If you feel you’re losing people, adjust the material on the fly. You have to take action: introduce a quick energizer, take a break, a physical stretch, aim to mix up your material, etc.
Always read the very subtle signs so you will know if they are following you.
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