Motivate and Influence an Audience

Public Speaking Skills

Top 10 E's to Motivate and Influence an Audience

Ten tips towards becoming a more influential and motivational speaker.

Speak with E's. Be a speaker of influence, not control or guilt. With the privilege of the platform comes the awesome responsibility of motivating and influencing your audience to feel/think/act differently.

1. Educate

Provide your audience with extensive information on your topic.

This will empower attendees to feel competent and knowledgeable.

Support your points with stories. Stories help us see through the eyes of other people.

Adults delineate their thoughts visually.

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2. Entertain

Give them the facts laced with a good dose of humour.

Adults learn better when they are lightening up! Here's the place for some magic tricks, handwriting analysis or a song.

3. Experience

Get the audience involved.

When they interact, they get it better and retain it longer.

Group exercises, simple questions and answers, role-plays.

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4. Enthusiasm

Vary your tone of voice, smile often, and show passion for your subject matter.

Make your body language reflect your comments.

5. Example

Be the speaker/person who motivates the audience to admire and respect you.

You have succeeded when people say, I want to be like him/her.

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6. Encourage

Be supportive to your audience believe in them.

Acknowledge them Say, I did it and so can you

7. Excellence

Hold yourself accountable for excellence.

And then help your audience be accountable and live up to its potential.

Speakers need to give audiences what they need, not what they want.

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8. Expertise

Demonstrate that you know your stuff

Speak about what you know from your business background, personal experiences and research.

Be perceived as an expert on your topic.

9. Eloquence

Deliver your speech with high energy, sincerity, inspiration, and a sense of humour.

Are you one of a kind?

What makes you different from your competitors?

10. End Result

You want to energize your audience to:

  • Take some risks
  • Take some action
  • Go to the edge and execute
  • Make their dreams come true
  • Get the job done

Your information should be useful and immediately applicable to their lives.

This article was contributed by Sandra Schrift speaker bureau owner for 13 years.

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