Effective Speaking & Presentation Skills
Did you know that there are 9 types of learners in your audience? When I was an educational consultant, my specialty was taking Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences and training teachers to use all learning styles to make sure that they reached every child.
The same can be applied to your audiences. To have effective speaking and presentation skills, it is essential to deliver a speech that will engage every person in the room. That way, everyone will walk away completely elevated by your message. When they are impacted, they will be far more likely to rave about you and hire you.
In the first of our videos in this series on speaking to ‘multiple intelligences’, we are going to explore how to engage the interpersonal learners in your audience:
Tips to Engage Interpersonal Learners:
1. Make sure to make your audience interact with you verbally by asking engaging questions from the stage. The last thing you need is an audience member talking forever, draining the energy in the room, and breaking your flow. The key is to make the questions specific, so that they elicit answers that are only 1 or 2 words or up to a sentence.
2. If you are networking or on a sales call, engaging interpersonal learners is easy. All you need to do is ask lots of questions and let them talk. Then, you listen carefully and pick up clues as to what is important to them. Respond in a way that ensures you are contributing or adding to what they are saying, or offer them clarity or insight. This will all go a long way in building their trust.