What will the audience do when you’ve finished speaking?

Long-time readers of this blog know that I frequently stress the importance of thinking about the audience before preparing a speech or designing a presentation. A speech or presentation is always about the audience: first; last; and foremost. That’s why I am delighted to share a short video featuring my friend and fellow public speaker, Conor Neill.

Conor is an entrepreneur, author and professor at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He writes a terrific blog about public speaking, The Rhetorical Journey, and I encourage you to spend some time checking it out.

In the video below, Conor succinctly explains why speakers should always ask themselves what they want their audiences to do when they have finished speaking. Asking that question will spawn other important questions and will get a speaker thinking about the speech or presentation from the audience’s perspective.

Some great advice in one minute.


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About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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3 Responses to What will the audience do when you’ve finished speaking?

  1. Jack Shaw, Acting Smarts says:

    I agree 100%. Always start with what the audience needs and determine if you can give it to them. Wording your speech so it touches the audience with what they need rather than bragging or selling yourself what you can do for them makes all the difference in the world. Sell yourself with some humility in the first place to establish your credibility but leave it and make the rest about the audience.

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    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks for the comment, Jack. I very much like the line, “sell yourself with some humility in the first place to establish your credibility but leave it and make the rest about the audience”. Great advice.

      Cheers!

      John

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  2. I want the speaker to say, “You’ve inspired me! Now I’m going to work on that presentation I’ve been carrying around in my mind for a long, long, time. Thank you!”

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