Friday, February 20, 2009

Eric Feng: The People Magnet

Are you searching for techniques to keep your audience engaged? One look at this video,
and you'll see several techniques you can implement in your next presentation. Eric, the speaker, is a people magnet.

First of all, notice how the speaker gets the audience involved by asking a question. At the 10 sec mark--he encourages participation by asking for a show of hands. If you notice, he didn't ask (verbally) everyone to raise their hand, but by raising his hand while asking a question, the audience followed his lead.
Next, people love to hear stories. Eric's story of childhood romance and his first date, is something that his audience could relate to. He shared his obstacle and the outcome.
The last item I want to point out is Eric's use of humor. Review the video and judge for yourself. Was the audience rolling with laughter? If you want people to stay with you during your presentation, look at ways to add some humor. You don't have to be a comedian, but you would benefit from sharing humorous stories, pictures or props.

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