People mostly refer to distractions made by the audience when talking about the issues they face during a speech. This includes bizarre remarks from the audience, technological issues and other factors which are beyond their control. However, you need to consider that you can be a distraction to your speech. Here, we are going to discuss some things which can potentially annoy the audience and we will also discuss how you can avoid them.
Avoid Annoying Your Audience When Presenting
- Use of language and jargon. The biggest possible distraction to your speech could be when your audience won’t understand what you are talking about. While preparing your speech you need to bear your audience in mind. And you need to structure it in a way which is easier for them to grasp. Solution: You should avoid using acronyms and jargons which isolates any segment of the audience. You may use jargons only if you are in a relevant event and you are confident that the audience can use the same language as you. However, if more than 5-10% of people can’t understand your content then you must use the language understood by everyone.
- Not tailoring your message to the audience. If a speech is specifically tailored for an audience then there is a likelihood that your audience will respond and engage well with your speech. You may go with a generic speech and it will be easier but it won’t meet the requirements of the audience and it will even upset them if it seems obvious. Solution: You should do proper research before you deliver your speech.personalize the questions in your speech by using words like “you” and “your”. This will make it feel like you are speaking to every person of the audience individually. For instance, asking “Do you want to change your life?” might be more effective than asking “Does anyone here want to change their life?” Ask yourself these questions;
- What are the characteristics of my audience? (such as gender, age, socio-economic status, occupation, etc.)
- What do they want to know?
- How can I help them?
- How much do they already know?
- Lacking energy. The way you say something is just as important as the content of your speech, some even argue that it is even more important. For instance, if a person spoke on a topic with charisma and enthusiasm then people would probably enjoy this compared to a person who covered more points but only mumbled from his/her notes. The audience wants to see that you are interested in talking to them and you are enthusiastic about this topic. Solution: You need to show your enthusiasm and interest. Your energy will be resonated in the audience. The following are some tips which can help you with that;
- Adapt your voice depending on what are you saying. For instance, if you want to highlight something then raise your voice or lower your voice for intensity.
- Avoid speaking in monotone.
- Speak loudly and clearly.
- Remember to smile.
Presentation distractions are inevitable, you simply can’t avoid them. These unplanned events that divert the attention of the audience from your message can truly come in all shapes and sizes and when you least expect them. Take the time to consider the possibilities and solutions that can ultimately take your presentation to the next level.