PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

Here’s a presentation-opening technique that can accomplish two things at the same time.

Polling the audience with two or three questions can serve both as an attention-getting technique and a way to learn more about your audience.

You may, for example, start out by naming job specialties and asking that people raise their hand when you mention their specialty.  This could be followed with a question or two about levels of experience with the subject matter.

Immediately, you have your audience members engaged and you have done it in a way that provides you with valuable information about the group you are talking to.

When you do this, though, remember this simple rule: Raise your hand when you ask a polling question.  It helps if your audience members see you modeling how you want them to respond.

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