Think back to the last time you were an audience member. What made you want to listen? What enticed you to tune-in and stay connected? Or, conversely, what made you shift your thoughts to elsewhere, check your watch, and wonder “When will this end?”
If you are a presenter, a teacher, or a facilitator of any type, you do not have to change your content, create new homework assignments, add an activity, or infuse technology for this to work. You can make a statement that goes beyond anything your shoes or clothes might communicate. No longer do you have to straddle the line of being compelling and interesting or serious and informative. You can accomplish both. All you have to do is watch what your voice does, and listen to what your body language says.
Spelled out below is precisely what your voice should do, what your body should say, why both are important, and how you can make small but incredible changes to positively impact your audience members' interest and engagement and enhance your overall presence as a powerhouse at the front of the room!
Does your voice …
For when it does, your voice is able to …
Do you …
If you do, then your body language says …
From the first minute until the last, command the room with the sound of your voice and the message from your body. Keep in mind if you look and sound frazzled, dispassionate, or agitated, your audience members will respond in kind. If you look and sound confident, enthused, and engaged, your audience members will also respond in kind.