There are many things you can do to get your audience more engaged on your presentation and a lot of things you should avoid in order to prevent your audience from tuning out of your presentation. You tend to lose a substantial number of the audience if you fail to structure your presentation appropriately.
How to address people with respect to their learning styles
On the basis of learning styles there are four primary ways people can absorb and synthesise information, though some people use a combination of them.
I. Active observation.
II. Reflective observation.
III. Concrete experience and
While preparing your presentation take into consideration these four learning styles and the particular style of information you need to present so as to get them all involved on your presentation.
In order to be a successful speaker, you have to make research and design for yourself a pattern that will help you simultaneously engage your audience despite their diverse communication and learning styles. You can as well learn an appropriate patter from your parents and teachers or even by consciously observing, modeling or appreciating the example of the influential speaker they adore. Others learn it quickly and effectively through NLP courses.
Presentation pattern for different Learning Styles
As we all know the purpose of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is to ease learning and communication. Professionals learn different presentation patterns that will enable them engage their audience effortlessly despite the trait (Learning Styles). Also, some people are more impatient than others and if such people are not quickly engaged they will be disconnected from your presentation. It is your responsibility as a speaker to understand and engage each category at the appropriate time and with a specific manner and tone.
• Presentation pattern for people who learn from active experimentation
For example, in a classroom, those students who are more interested in practicing what they learn fall under this category. They have passion for exercises so they are interested in testing the steps. They ask questions such as what and why, during or after the lesson. As speaking being faced with this category you should speak as though you were in a practical class.
• Presentation pattern for people who learn from reflective observation
These type of people are more concern on what you have to say, they do not often contribute to the subject matter as they are better observers who only contribute after they have gotten enough time to reflect on the idea being presented. Also they interested on how to implement the idea you presented. They are characterized by note taking during live presentation. When face with such an audience try to be more elaborate on the subject being presented.
• Presentation pattern for people who learn from concrete experience
These are the impatient type of people who get disconnected if you don’t address their need or meet up to their expectation as soon as possible. They have the passion to study life. They often start a discussion with questions such as ‘WHY?’. Your presentation pattern for this type of audience should be quick, precise and accurate, and this should be done as soon as you start the presentation to prevent them, from being disconnected.
• Presentation pattern from abstract concepts
In a classroom for instance, those students who are busy thinking of other ways or steps to reach the final result, are members of this learning category. They pay close attention in order to grasp your explanation and its importance. They may be disconnected from your presentation when you start explaining the process and they often skip steps during their practice sessions.
With the application of various presentation patterns a speaker can engage his audience with less effort. Also, when your presentation pattern addresses the various learning styles in a suitable approach you will notice that audience cooperation increases steadily.