This is an excerpt from Carla Rieger’s speech creation course called “Presentation Prosperity”.
Adding experiential activities to your presentations can really help engage listeners. These days people like to be part of the presentation, not just a passive listener.
Audience participation is especially helpful for kinesthetic learners. You will need to choose your audience participation activities based on a variety of criteria such as:
• How many people in the audience?
• What is the seating arrangement?
• What is the length of your presentation?
• What is your objective in doing it? e.g. energize, engage, community building etc.
Presenters who involve their listeners even in small ways tend to get far higher ratings than those who don’t. In fact, many meeting planners won’t even hire presenters these days unless they are assured the person will keep it interactive.