Editor’s Note: At first glance, this may not *appear* to be written for nurses — but every single day, every time we walk into the exam room or pick up the phone, we’ve got an audience: our patients. We need them to listen, to connect, to pay attention, to be there with us. And in that light, we’ve decided to share what Steve – an expert at connecting with audiences — has to say.
No matter what group I’m speaking to or what program I’m giving, I always start off with 5 to 10 minutes of non-stop comedy. Why? Because nothing can captivate an audience and hold their attention more than “The Power Of Laughter.” As soon as the laughter starts I can actually feel the tension in the room dissipate. Their energy level is cranked and everyone is primed for a good time.
I heard someone say that today we live in the “United States Of Entertainment.” I believe speakers have to adhere to this statement. We are living in an age were the attention span of the average audience is about 30 minutes out of a 60 minute span. To make matters more challenging, audience members are twittering, text messaging, e-mailing and even answering their cell phones during a presentation. Unless a speaker has some kind of entertaining quality, they run the risk of loosing their personal connection with the audience. (more…)