Leaving the stage and going into the audience as a speaker, ever done it before?
Well if not, that’s what we’re gonna talk about in today’s video.
So we hear all the time about engagement, right?
Like I need to engage with my audience, and I certainly agree with that.
If you’ve ever seen me speak before you know that I go into the audience.
And one of the questions that I often get asked is, “Marcus when is the right time to do that? How do you feel that out?”
Let me just give you a couple of tips.
Whenever you leave the stage and go into the audience, you have the potential for magic. You have the potential for some deep engagement.
Now I will say that if you’re going to so this, you need to warn the cameraman, or the camera people, anybody that’s recording. They need to know that you might go into the audience.
I’ve done this before without warning them, and then all of a sudden they freaked out. So make sure you let them know.
But when you do this know when you want to do this.
In other words, is there an ideal transition period. This is what I have found again and again.
Generally speaking, your opening for your talk should be on stage. That way you can make contact with everyone, and you have that open dialogue.
But when you have a particular bit or segment that has opportunities for that one on one engagement, or those micro-questions you might be asking an audience member, that may be the perfect time to go into the audience and have that enriching interaction with that individual or with that particular group.
Just keep in mind that if you’re there too long you may limit the ability for other audience members to see you, especially, depending on the camera person.
So once you’ve done this, also know when you want to get back on the stage.
There’s been times within presentations that I’ve gone into the audience, gone back on the stage, then gone back into the audience, and then we always try to finish on the stage.
That’s when you bring it home. That’s when you have the magic moment.
But I would challenge you to consider, when you speak go into the audience. Know before hand, give it a try.
But make sure you do it when there’s a set of questions that you have, where you can have that special moment of engagement, that dialogue that everybody just laughs about.
That’s so often times where the magic is found.
But doing this makes you different, it makes you unique.
I have literally built a career on unique audience engagement. And going off the stage and into that audience has been an essential key for me.
And boy does it change the tune.
Oh and one last tip.
When you go into the audience, make sure they turn the house lights on.
Because often times the audience is dark, the stage is lit. So make sure they turn it on as you walk out. And the audience immediately, their sense will change, and they realize, “Wow, I need to pay attention to what’s going on.”
So give it a try. Let me know how it goes.
Now let’s get to work.