Audiences could be warm, fuzzy, empathetic and loving; other audiences could be cold and monotonous to the point you lose inspiration in even giving a talk.
If you look at comedic stand-ups (although TED is much difference from hurling jokes at people), they look at people in the audience who’s enjoying their show, not the one’s who are disinterested. There are tough crowds all around the world. In America, L.A. and New York could have the toughest. Across the pacific, Sydney and especially Melbourne would be just as difficult. Why? Not sure….but a lot of people are apprehensive with letting someone put “thought” into their minds.
I like to look at my stage at a 180 degree angle and I find someone at the 180, 45, 90, 45, and 180. When you’re talking and speaking amongst everyone, everyone seems to be interested. There will be a handful of people who are fully engaged in your ideas, so it’s imperative to communicate with all sides of the audience.
Scientists have said that the act of two people staring at each other triggers an adoption of the emotional state. It’s kind of like a sync. What’s the best way to do that? SMILE! In a world where we don’t see a lot of people smiling, this is now a technology that can transform how a talk is received.
Showing vulnerability and opening yourself up is extremely crucial, too. Looking back at Ray Lewis’ Ted Talk, he wasn’t afraid of showing the audience the pain he went through as a child when his step-father would beat his mother. He had no shame. However, it’s also important that you don’t overshare. Don’t talk about you ex wife or ex gf….that could leave the audience squirming for retreat.
Making them laugh….naturally, triggers one of the best emotional reactions. It’s kind of like if you meet someone by greeting them…and someone botches the handshake and you guys end of laughing. Because of that emotional trigger, you’re more prone to memorize that particular person’s name because the laughter you both had. That’s how you could be remembered on stage, but don’t force it. If you’re not funny, don’t be funny. If you’re serious, be serious. If you’re egomaniacal, adopt a new personality before your talk.
And of course, learning how to become an influential story teller. I’ll post a YouTube video from A-Fest in regards to Don Jose Ruiz and the wondrous Lisa Nichols.
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFLWPLS1VzI&t=4363s
01:02:23 Lisa Nichols “Run, Leap, Soar”
02:09:07 Don Jose Ruiz “Expanding Art from the Heart”
Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/11486300