It takes a lot to get people to listen to you but you already knew that.
Business communication is a key aspect of building a brand, whether personal or professional. The first few seconds are enough for the audience to get bored or to stay rapt with attention. Making people listen to you has become tougher these days thanks to smartphones. They are lovely distractions that people will use if they aren’t interested in what you have to say. Thus, to enrapture people in a business meeting or a presentation you should take a few steps to keep them with you. Getting tuned out is probably the worst thing that could happen to you.
Engage Them In The Beginning Itself With A Question
To form business connections you should know the art of engagement. If you keep talking, people will slowly start tuning you out because they will get bored. Asking them a question will have them think about it and respond (if the group is smaller). The aim here is to get them to start thinking.
Include A Statistic Or An Item From Latest News
A popular news story or a relevant (and hopefully surprising) statistic can really turn the attention towards you. Such references motivate them to know more and establish an instant connection with you as the speaker.
Think Of An Interesting Statement To Start
It is imperative that writers come up with catchy headlines to attract attention. That’s the same with speaks. During business communication, how you start can make a lot of difference. It could be dramatic as well but it should relevant because the point here is to make the audience think about what you just said and itch to know more.
Narrate A Short Story
If you have the skills, you can go for it for excellent business communication. However, your story should really be short and appealing. Going on and on can irritate your audience. Narrate a personal story and if it is a long one, cut it short. Condense it.
Business communication is vital but tricky as well because we all have very short-attention span. Use these tips to keep your audience from tuning you out.
Public speaking is getting tougher by the day because of the increased number of gadgets we have to distract ourselves. The first 30 seconds are crucial and you should aim at making a great impression. Engage the audience and help them connect so that they stay with you.