Ramp the Risk

Engaging your audience physically in your presentation, is risky on two fronts:

For the Speaker – what if they don’t get involved – I will look silly.

For the Audience – what if I ask a dumb question – I will look silly.

The secret is in the setup.

To effectively get your audience physically involved you need to:

  1. Be Relevant. Don’t have activity just for the sake of activity. Make any physical involvement relevant to the presentation.
  2. Ramp the risk. Writing personal notes is safer than sharing ideas in a group. Group discussion is a safer option than speaking to the whole room.
  3. Clear instructions. Make your instructions clear. A confused audience does not act.

It is possible to get your audience to be involved in ever increasing ways. Ramp the audience up towards the engagement you want, and you’ll have greater success.

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