This is it! You’ve landed your first Public Speaking engagement. You have prepared your presentation and rehearsed. You are all ready to give your best presentation ever and will soon go out on stage and present it.
Then, all of a sudden you wonder if you’ve prepared enough, included enough information and you begin to worry… If this is happens to you, these 11 Tips from a TED Talk coach will help.
The First 3 Minutes
Did you know that you have exactly 3 minutes of your presentation to grab the audience attention and build rapport to ensure they pay attend to, and engage in what you have to say.
In the first 3 minutes of your presentation, your audience is sizing you up. They are deciding whether they like you and whether are you worth listening to. If you lose your audience in the first 3 minutes you will be playing catch up for the rest of the presentation.
Why is the first 3 minutes of your public speaking engagement the most important period of your presentation? This is the time where the attention of the audience is naturally high and focused. They are interested and curious about you. And, this is where the audience decides to hear you out or not. The first Impression you make is crucial, and you have only one chance at it.
In this most important time period you need to build rapport with your audience. Rapport is a prerequisite for effective communication. It opens the door for your presentation. Without it that door is shut and locked. Before presenting any material you must build rapport with your audience.
When people are similar to each other, they like each other. When you have enough rapport with your audience, they will feel comfortable, acknowledge and engage with you in your presentation.
You can build rapport with your audience by;
– Using the words they use. Use their jargon and preferred terms.
– Use the same tonality and say it like they do
– Use the same gestures and postures.
– Using eye contact
– Greet and connect with them
– Play music
– Tell a story
People create bonds with each other by finding shared experiences. Tell a story to your audience which relays to them that you are similar to them. Meet as many of your audience before the presentation and build rapport with them individually.
Right from the start you can let your audience define their own expectation and do your best to meet those expectations. Experiment with different types of openers to see which builds more rapport for you and with your audience. Be flexible and evaluate your results. The openers which build more rapport with your audience for you will be the best ones. The types of openers that you can look into are;
- Current Events
- Pertinent Quote
- Real-World Situation
If you have built enough rapport with your audience in the first 3 minutes of your presentation the rest of your presentation will move smoothly. You will have an engaging audience and you will be able to have fun with them and be yourself on stage.
Remember there are a number of effective tips to prepare for your presentation and the first 3 minutes of your presentation is the most crucial of all. Start off your presentation with the right foot.
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