7 Ways to Get People to Listen When You Talk

7 Ways to Get People to Listen When You Talk

I want to tell you about 7 Ways to Get People to Listen When You Talk

Yes you heard right, 7 ways to grab their attention.

Whether you are leading a meeting, doing a presentation, or even chatting to someone for the first time grabbing the attention (and keeping it) of those you’re in conversation or dialogue with is essential to getting what you want.

See back in the day, .and before the advent of Internet communication, everyone engaged in face to face communication.

But now, wow, so many of us just don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of a group of people or even chatting one-on-one

So how can you get your audience to sit up, pay attention, and hear what you have to say.

Here are some insider tips for you.

  1. Know Your Audience

Before you speak to any group of people, it is important to consider who your audience is going to be.

If it for a formal event, check the attendee list to get a feel for who’s attending.

If it’s something you’re doing through a Facebook events page again you can see who’s on your attendee list ahead of time and you can do some digging around.

If you’re going to be doing a webinar to a load of newbie internet marketers for example, then you’re going to lose them if you’re talking about split testing, ROI’s and so on if they don’t even know how to buy a domain or load WordPress onto a domain.

Once you have an idea of the types of people you are going to be speaking to, think about what it is they want to hear what they already know. Spend time trying to find the best possible way to give them what they want while saying what you need to.

  1. Control delivery

When a tad nervous, we often pick up the speed of what we’re saying, even our pitch goes up a few octaves….sound familiar?

You need to slow down, take breaths as you speak, control your pitch and pace, whilst also pronouncing your words clearly.

A great little tip here is that if you find your voice cracking from nervousness or dryness, just stop for a moment, and drink some water, and then continue.

This helps you to control your pace and control the audience

  1. Be Confident

When you are looking to get the attention of others, it is important to show your confidence in what you have to say

What impression will you leave with your audience if you come across as a timid, shy person who is stumbling over your words?

It’s not going to be a great one is it?

So stand tall, hold your head high, speak clearly and with a strong voice.

Remember that taking deeper breaths oxygenates your blood, clears your head and relaxes you, and this helps you to think more clearly.

  1. Stand (or Sit) Tall and With Purpose

If you’re  standing, then keep a tall back, your head held high. Use small gestures with your hands to add emphasis to your words — a great tip here is to study those on TV who present whilst standing…watch their delivery

If you can stand on a stage or a shallow platform, then even better. If gives the impression of authority.

Also when standing, your legs should be slightly apart. This shows confidence.

If you’re sitting, however, leaving your forearms on the table in front of you shows a confident, approachable stance that will sustain the attention of your listeners.

  1. Remain Sure of Yourself — Even If You Lose Your Place

What do most people do when they lose their place, fumble, or can’t seem to get back on track?

They panic, their throat dries up, they fumble and ramble on…..and lose their audience.

I think you can do one of 2 things:

Either take that water break I spoke about earlier, or crack a  joke.

I know that sounds odd, but you’d be surprised at easy it is to get your audience back onside if you can laugh at yourself and not take yourself so seriously.

Remember when things get rough, remain sure of yourself and the message you are sending, or the audience will quickly lose interest in you or perceive you as no longer being an authority on your subject.

It’s worth noting that YOU control YOUR audience, they don’t control you.

  1. Eye Contact

This is massively important.

Making eye contact keeps your audience engaged as no one wants to be caught drifting off or ignoring you because they’re secretly texting. If you catch someone not looking at you while you’re speaking, make eye contact with them and add a very gentle reaffirming nod as if you’re emphasizing your point to them.

And if you can’t make eye contact then, take a few steps in their direction. as a gentle reminder that they need to be present.

  1. Keep Them Interested

A person is naturally equipped to change focus every few minutes. To keep your audience from losing their focus on you, change your method of delivery every few minutes. Add in a story that relates to the listener and your topic, apply humour (if you feel comfortable with it), or present the material in a new way, switch to a flip chart, or PowerPoint slides on a screen.

This is exactly what teachers do in the classroom these days. They change the type of activities and their delivery from passive to active every 10-15 minutes to keep up engagement, focus and attention

So hopefully these tips will help you ensure that your audience is engaged, focused, and ready to hear what it is you have to say.

So let me ask you a question. How do you keep your listeners listening and engaged? Do you do anything out of the ordinary that you’d like to share?

Why don’t you add a comment below?

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Umesh Damania