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Involving your audience

Aims and Objectives

This guide offers straightforward suggestions for getting and keeping your audience involved in your presentation.

Introduction

Creating a rapport with your audience and helping them feel involved in the delivery of your talk can optimise its success. The following sections of this guide explore simple yet effective strategies for making the audience feel fully involved in your presentation.

Why involve your audience?

Listening to a presentation for any length of time can be a difficult process. If the talk doesn't engage their attention, the audience will start to feel distanced from the talk, begin to lose track of the flow of information and eventually fail to absorb your ideas and insights. To engage an audience fully, the presentation needs to be energetic, purposeful and staged as if it is a direct conversation between two interested parties (the presenter and the audience). The following four strategies are important elements for getting the audience involved.