More audiences today are wired, with laptops or smart phones. They are taking notes, Tweeting, and much more. This changes the dynamic of speaking, so here are three tips I picked up at BlogWorld Expo this year.
1. Using a visual can make people stop taking notes and listen to you. This one came from @armano during his presentation on creating visuals. He was right, too.
2. Put a copy of your presentation online ahead of time. If the projector or video fails, all those with laptops in the audience can pull it up and flip through it with you. This one was suggested by @digitalandy when the computer controlling the projector failed in a session. Seems so obvious, but how often do we do it?
3. Before you make a gesture to help explain a concept, say, “I want you to watch as I do this…” I heard @shama say this in her presentation to get people to look up from their screens. It worked, too.
What have you learned about speaking with increasingly connected audiences?
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