Public Speaking: Get the Audience’s Attention

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Audience do not pay attention by themselves, the speaker must spark and maintain their interest. There are many reasons that cause an audience’s attention to wander.

Monotony is one of them. When the audience’s interest is obviously waning, their attention can be restored by an attenton “getter.” These are rhetorical questions the speaker asks such as “What are you going to do about it?” The intention is that the speaker will answer the question themselves.

Of course you should be prepared for an unexpected answer from one of the listeners. If it is correct the speaker should express his gratitude. If it is incorrect, this gives rise to the opportunity to repeat the highlights from the speech.

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