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5 Ways to Put the Audience First

Know Thy Audience (Even Better Than Thyself)

Imagine walking into a room full of your long-lost friends. You wouldn’t start talking about quantum physics if they all love reality TV, right? The same goes for your audience. Do your homework and know what makes them tick. Remember, guessing their favorite TV show might just be the key to their hearts!

Start with a Bang (Not a Snore)

Begin your speech with something that grabs attention—an interesting fact, a funny story, or a dramatic statement. Think of it like the opening scene of a blockbuster movie. You wouldn’t want your audience to reach for their popcorn and accidentally fall asleep, would you?

Interactive Fun (Because Monologues Are So Last Century)

Turn your speech into a two-way street. Ask questions, encourage participation, and maybe even throw in a game or two. It’s like hosting a party where everyone gets to join in the fun. Just remember, karaoke might be pushing it—unless you’re really good.

Visual Aids (Not Just for Geeks)

Use visuals to keep things interesting. Slides, videos, or even a dramatic hand puppet show—anything to make your point visually compelling. Just make sure your visuals enhance your message and don’t turn into the main attraction. (Unless you’re, in fact, a hand puppet enthusiast. No judgment here!)

End with a Zing (Leave Them Wanting More)

Finish strong with a memorable closing remark, call to action, or even a funny anecdote. Think of it as the grand finale of a fireworks show. You want your audience to leave with a smile on their face and maybe a little bit of amazement. Mic drop optional.

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“I have become great friends with my inner critic. . Using the fundamental ‘Yes And’ I now take the best criticism he can throw at me and turn it into a positive. By embracing the doubts and fears he proposes I turn it into a high energy vibe that connects me to my audience.”

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