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9. Handling Challenges > Inattentive Audience

INATTENTIVE AUDIENCE

There are a lot of reasons why audiences can become inattentive, and the presenter is not always the cause. When the presentation is required, then you may have some people in the audience who don’t feel the material is relevant—and maybe it isn’t—or who don’t want to be there. Sometimes, corporate culture issues are going on. You may have been brought in by one faction but another faction was not behind them. Or there may be other issues—people are frustrated with a project, with the company, with procedures, or whatever, and can’t or won’t focus. Sometimes, the audience has arrived expecting one thing and you are presenting another. You may not have been adequately informed about their needs or their backgrounds.

Sometimes, the problem is the presenter. If you are not totally prepared and comfortable with yourself, are in some way distracted, or haven’t created a presentation that is catching the attention of the audience, you may leave them behind. Did you set expectations at the beginning? Include an ice breaker or two to warm the audience up? Are you being yourself? Are you including examples and anecdotes that will make the presentation more interesting ? Is there adequate audiovisual support, like a colorful PowerPoint presentation? Sound or video clips? These features might have helped you to maintain audience interest. If you are presenting to a group that is used to a lot of glitz in their presentations, you may be missing them solely becau....


  

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