posted 30 Oct 2010, 11:48 by Sam Mbale
updated 30 Oct 2010, 11:49
This is it! You have landed your first public speaking
engagement. You've prepared and rehearsed. You are all ready
to give your best presentation ever.
As you start to begin you have exactly 3 minutes of your
presentation to grab the audience attention and build
rapport to ensure that they buy in to what you have to say.
In the first 3 minutes of your presentations, your audience
is sizing you up. They are deciding whether they like you
and whether are you worth listening to. If you lose your
audience in the first 3 minutes you will be playing catch up
for the rest of the presentation.
Why is the first 3 minutes of your public speaking
engagement the most important period of your presentation?
This is the time where the attention of the audience is
naturally high and focused. Here is where the audience
decides to hear you out or not. First Impression counts and
you have only one chance at it.
In this crucial period you need to build rapport with your
audience. Rapport is a prerequisite for effective
communication. Before presenting any material you must build
rapport with your audience.
When people are like each other, they like each other. When
you have enough rapport with your audience, they will feel
acknowledge and engage with you in your presentation.
You can build rapport with your audience by;
- Using the words they use. Use their Jargon's and preferred
- Use the same tonality and say it like they do
- Use the same gestures and postures.
People create bonds with each others by finding shared
experiences. Tell a story to your audience which relays to
them that you are exactly like them. Meet as many of your
audience before the presentation and build rapport with them
Right from the start let your audience define their own
expectation and do your best to meet those expectations.
Experiment with different types of openers to see which
builds more rapport for you and with your audience. Be
flexible, use as many different openers and evaluate your
results. The openers which build more rapport with your
audience for you will be the best ones. The types of openers
that you can look into are;
- Current Events
- Pertinent Quote
- Real-World Situation
If you have built enough rapport with your audience in the
first 3 minutes of your presentation the rest of your
presentation will move smoothly. You will have an engaging
audience and you will be able to have fun with them and be
yourself on stage.
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