Involving Your Lecture Audience

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Sometimes we fall into the trap believing that because we’re speakers, we have to speak for the
whole presentation. Rubbish! There are times, I believe when it’s much better to
leave it to your audience to say it for you. Maybe its time you and I reviewed our lectures looking for places where we can draw on members of the audience to teach the point.

Lets look carefully at those lectures and look foropportunities to ask the audience to provide the answer rather
than just giving it to them. For example, I can simply tell my audiences the information. However, it’s far better for me to getthe audience to answer by asking them a question that invariably,somebody will know the answer to.This is particularly useful in reinforcing previously introduced concepts. Many of my students can now tell me that a reasonably exhaustive search does not mean researching until you are tired, so I can get them to remind the others
This involvement achieves three important things.
1. You get to interact with your audience;
2. You give someone else the credit for being correct; and
3. You gain credibility. You know the rule: “If you say it, it
might be true, but if they say it, it is true”.

What do you think?


One response to “Involving Your Lecture Audience

  1. It is great to invovle an audience but I believe it takes a confident and experienced speaker. It may also be easier with small to mid-size groups. The speaker and participants must be able to hear the answers given.

    Last year, at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, I attended some great presentations. These presentations had large groups in attendance. One example of audience participation as part of a successful presentation was Paula Stuart-Warren involving her audience with her talk on “What Next? Formulating Research Plans”. She showed an obituary and then asked – What Next? She received many excellent suggestions.

    I agree that asking questions will help the speaker know if they have explained concepts well enough or whether more examples are needed or an explanation presented in a different fashion.

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