Public Speaking Tips: The Secret to Inspiring Your Audience
Why do you do public speaking if not to inspire and move people? Question is, do you know how to inspire your audience? Check out the below article for more info.
The Secret to Inspiring Your Audience While Public Speaking!
By Peter J. Fogel
New speakers (as well as audience members) occasionally approach me after one of my keynote presentations and ask me how I knew I wanted to be a speaker. Well, that is certainly a good question that has many answers. However, the one resounding theme that percolates inside my head as to why I love public speaking is the thrill of inspiring my audience where I can make a profound difference in their lives.
I am not just talking about at the conference that I just spoke at. I am referring AFTER the event.
And you should know I’ve appeared on television, clubs, and concerts as a stand-up comic during my public speaking career. So I am used to getting applause, loads of laughter, (and yes, on occasion a standing ovation.)
I tell you that not to brag, but to make a point: And that after these events, or concerts, (or gigs) are over, people go back to their lives no different than when they came to my event. Comedy is like a little vacation for them. A reprieve from the stress of lives. That’s about it!
But with public speaking, I appreciate when people e-mail me later on ( or write to me on Facebook) to say that my presentation on humor and reinvention, along with my heartfelt stories I delivered, made a difference in their lives. I especially smile when they tell me my message inspired them to make changes in the way they look at life… well, that makes a major impact with me.
How Can YOU Inspire an Audience?
Your goal, I hope, as a public speaker is to inspire as well. In fact, that should be large motivating factor in your decision to use public speaking as a vehicle to boost sales, acquire more customers, sell more products, or gain expert status in their eyes!
So how do you accomplish that? Plain and simple: you need to move your audience. You need to have an audience relate to you and your vital message or content!
When you get down to it, you have achieved success when your audience is inspired to such a degree that they are ready to actually DO something about the problem they have.
You want to get your group to feel that they can do something because YOU made them feel that they could.
It’s ALL About making a CONNECTION with people. Continue reading →