Public Speaking: 3 Simple Techniques to Skyrocket your Credibility when Presenting-Part 3 (Audience)

People who are new to public speaking commonly ask 3 questions.  They want to overcome their anxiety.  They want specific techniques to use. Perhaps you’ve prepared the valuable information for your presentation.  You feel confident about the content you’ll be sharing.  Maybe you’re giving a workshop.  You’re knowledgeable, you’re excited. Yet you’re worried that your delivery will diminish your credibility.  You find your mind racing with these common questions that people ask when they give presentations.

1.  What is best to do with my body when I’m nervous?

2. What is best to do with my voice when I’m nervous?

3. How do I respond to my audience?

This article addresses the third of these 3 questions.  Parts 1 and 2 answered the first two questions. These techniques will engage your audience.  They’ll highlight you as credible about your topic.  They’ll prove to put your fears at ease when employed.  Here’s the answer to the third question.

How do I Read and Respond to my Audience?

Read your audience in their nonverbal behavior. Respond to your inner promptings.  If you feel that you’re over-explaining something based on what you’re seeing in the faces and energy of your audience, address it. You could say “When I see the glazed look come over my audience’s faces, there are usually two explanations. Either you’ve synthesized the information already and are ready to move on, or you would like further information.”  Watch the nonverbal language that you’re participants show you after you present each option. Read their cues. 

If the consensus is that it’s time to move on to another topic, take your audience’s cues and definitely do so.  An example of a transition you could use is “I can see that it looks like most of you have integrated this information.  You’re ready to move on.”  If you notice that the consensus is that they want more information, provide it.  In the case that there are mixed responses, direct them to write their questions down on index cards that have already been placed at their tables. Tell them that you will address these questions at a different point in the presentation.  Sometimes it is good to do this after a break.

In summary, to skyrocket your credibility by reading your audience, notice the nonverbal language they exhibit. Do they look interested?  Do they look puzzled?  Act accordingly.  Provide clarification, offer those who need further explanation a chance to learn more at a later time, or change topics.  These tips will keep your audience engaged. They’ll cause your audience to realize you care about their learning.  They’ll increase your credibility.  Ultimately, you and your audience members win.

Now go out there and ROCK your audience!


Martha TassinariMarch 5th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Excellent blog and tips in reading your audience. Especially the part about credibility.

PatriciaMarch 5th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Great article Cher! Reading the non-verbal language of the audience is very important! Thanks for sharing!

Vickie LegareMarch 5th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Thank you for this Cher! A very helpful article.

Cher GundersonMarch 5th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it Vickie.
To your public speaking for your Reiki work,

Cher GundersonMarch 5th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it Vickie.
To your public speaking for your Reiki work,

Cher GundersonMarch 5th, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Patricia, Here’s to your public speaking to empower your clients!

Cher GundersonMarch 5th, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Martha, I’m glad you found the article helpful. Credibility is so important and yet takes preparation and authenticity to establish it.
To you helping your clients through public speaking,

Tina GamesMarch 5th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

I love how you’ve broken up this content into three different articles, making the material easily digestible. ~ With this post, the focus on nonverbal cues is so key in mastering the art of public speaking. You’ve given some great tips – and good food for thought. ~ Thank you!

CherMarch 6th, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Tina, I’m glad you found the material digestible in these 3 separate units. That was the point 🙂 and yes, many times when we’re nervous about public speaking, we’re too nervous to focus in nonverbal language. That’s why preparation way before the speech allows us to pay attention to it and use it for impact and engagement.

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