We like to see that our speech attracts the audience attention. It feels great to know how persuasive and attractive your speech can be.
Someone once told me her audience don’t listen to her when she speaks. She asked for a solution. She said how she could force them to listen to her.
In this article, I want to teach you how to attract your audience attention and how the worst listener can listen to you very carefully.
First, forcing others to listen to you is not going to work. You can never force someone to do something. We have to do our best, so they listen to us willingly.
People want to do what’s best for them. It means they want to enjoy something, learn something, or improve their situation.
No one says I want a miserable life!
Everyone is looking for a better life at their best interest. So we have to have a speech that benefits them. We have to tell them that listening to us has spectacular results for them.
We have to talk the way the audience feels valuable when they listen to us. This way we can attract their attention and of course we indeed have to have something priceless to share with them.
When they feel valuable listening to us, they won’t check their phone, talk with their friends next to them, etc.
No matter how attractive our speech is, its enthusiasm fades away. We need to use new techniques to impress the audience and attract audience attention. For example, we can ask them to stand up for a couple of seconds or ask them to do teamwork or send a message to a friend.
We have to be creative. There is no need to stay steady for the whole presentation.
Once there was a school I went to because I wanted to talk to them and teach them how to behave in their lives. It was more like a Children’s Rehabilitation Center. The manager said a million times that they are very naughty and they won’t listen to you. They will make you cry. I insisted. Finally, he let me talk to them.
I started my speech with one question: how do you want to express your feelings when you fell in love with someone at university?
I attracted their attention from the beginning because other speakers started with advising them not to commit any crimes, be a good child, etc. but I chose the right question, and I attracted my audience attention.
Then I changed the question, and I asked: so what do we have to know if we want to start a family? What do we have to do to have a better life?
Everyone was shocked because the kids were all listening to me as their lives depended on my speech because I pointed my finger at a very delicate spot. They were laughing, pranking and making jokes but it was natural, they were students. But in the end, they listened to me.
We have to test our methods in public speaking. Sometimes we are talking, and the audience is attracted but sometimes we see it’s not working and we change the subject or ask another question and use other techniques. It’s all about trials and errors.
You have to put some effort into your job if you want to have a fantastic public speaking.
To sum up, you have to find the audience’s delicate spot and talk about it, tell them that your speech has benefits for them and use different techniques, so they don’t become tired.