People say that a speaker plays the most important role in public speaking. But, we believe that the audience has a more integral role. The way your audience perceives your words defines the success of your speech. Your audience will be able to feel your comments personally only if they can connect with you. Therefore, you should know how to establish a relationship with your audience.
Here are six tips for connecting with the audience :
- Observe your audience activities: Many times, the speakers are highly tensed when they are on stage. So first of all, try to relax, and then when you are performing on stage, try to observe the activities people are doing while listening to you. If you observe something, try to include that thing in your speech. Then, try to create a situation out of it and engage your audience with your gig. For example, make some jokes about yourself from another person's point of view. Activities like these do make you connect with your audience.
- Make eye contact with your audience: Keeping your eyes away from audiences makes them feel that you are not confident about what you will perform in front of them, which creates a harmful impact on their minds. So instead, try to keep making eye contact with your audience. This will make them think that your confidence level is higher and you are performing, especially just for them.
- Enjoy the performance: You are not just a paid puppet to go and perform. You need to make sure you live every moment of your performance. Enjoy what you do, and you will see that people will also enjoy it. Have a smiling face and see how it connects you to your listeners.
- Try to be a bit personal: People bond to only whom they can relate with. You, as a public speaker, need to create a bond with your audience. Involve them in your activity, try to make a personal connection with your audience, and you will notice that your audience will remember you for a long.
- Try and Refer to what they already know: See, if you talk about something your listeners have no idea about, they will not stay connected with you. So you need to analyze your audience and then refer to the incidents and stories your audience already knows or try to give some common example to which they can relate.
- Compliment your audience: Finally, compliment your audience. Almost everyone loves compliments. Tell your audience how great they are. Thank them for listening to you, being a great listener, to support you throughout your performance.
A compliment can do many things!
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