Public Speaking: Tip for Networkers – Maintain Attention

May 13th, 2009 by Frank Damelio

The greatest challenge for people speaking at networking events is that many members of the audience don’t live the giver’s gain philosophy; so they are only marginally interested in what you have to say.  As a result, many do not pay attention and, accordingly, won’t be able to pass you a referral.

We’ve spoken about power openers to force them to pay attention, but now, as you speak you need to maintain their attention, particularly in a longer presentation.  Clearly, having a well-conceived speech is most important, but here is a quick trick, that again forces people to keep alert to what you are saying:

After making a simple point, randomly call on a name and ask that person for an example.  For example, you are a therapist and you just touched on two common injuries, then you look to see who may be zoning and ask, “Joe, which do you think is more common?”

Just one question like that and the rest of your audience will pay closer attention to you because nobody wants to appear not to care about what you are saying.  People are serious when it comes to their own appearance in a group.  Use that to your advantage

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2 Responses to “Public Speaking: Tip for Networkers – Maintain Attention”

  1. Podium Notes Says:

    This blog has some great tips for my next speech. Thanks for the info!

  2. Target Intellect Blog » Dead time kills your presentation…DEAD Says:

    [...] 7) Be very aware of any time that ticks where nothing is happening, and understand that it is causing a slow drain of your audience’s attention. [...]

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