Speaking Tip/Trick #2 – Check Your Neighbor
Getting 100% audience participation in even the simplest activities is tough. As the speaker up front, you could exert a lot of energy to make sure everyone is putting their hand over their heart like you asked them to for example. An alternative approach is to elicit a little peer-pressure and spying .
After you’ve asked the group to put their hand over their heart, instead of walking around looking at each person, call out the phrase “ok great, now check your neighbor and make sure they are doing it too.” This simple phrase will increase participation another 30% while reducing your energy output by 80%.
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