14 Nov 2014
November 14, 2014

Leading an Event with Style

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Your event will only be a good as its host and when you are preparing to host an event, it is important to think about how it will be presented and the types of things that you want to be portrayed when you take to the stage and address the attendees of your event. In order to do this in a more effective manner, be sure to check out the following items when you are planning to take the stage at your event.

For starters, it is important that you plan ways to interact with your attendees when you take the stage. It is a good idea to begin early on with a question that you present to the attendees that will illicit crowd participation. Try a question that asks them for a show of hands. This will help encourage them to participate and listen.

You can also ask for their feedback and encourage them to discuss the topic at hand and it may even be beneficial if you have them write down questions for you to answer before you begin your presentation.

Guests will also feel more involved if they are able to actively participate in the presentation by answering questions or helping out on stage as well. This will encourage your event attendees to think on their feet and may help the presentation go smoother. If you have a way for someone to help you on stage, don’t be afraid to ask for a volunteer from the audience.

When you do have props that are being used in your presentation, be sure to choose options that will draw your attendees’ attention and prompt them to ask questions or make comments. You can also start off by asking them to participate and to interrupt you if they have questions or comments. Setting the standard up front will give them more of a motive to participate in the presentation.

If you are looking for a way to promote your event as you give your presentation, you may also want to consider asking those in attendance to help you out by live tweeting the event. Not only will this give you more exposure to those who are not attending, it will encourage those who are attending to connect with one another and you while they are putting key points of your presentation into their social media sites.

You may want to think about assigning one particular person to handle live tweets during the presentation or having a way to display the live tweets so the rest of the audience can see them. This is a fun way to gather all the important comments that have been made to one convenient location.

Finally, it is a good idea to hold a question and answer session after you have completed your presentation. This will give people the chance that they need to clarify any information that they were uncertain about and to bring up any points that they feel was left out. By engaging with your audience, you are more likely to have a successful event and an audience that is happy to receive the information that you are providing.

2 Responses to Leading an Event with Style
  1. Thank you for a great article Silvia. Social media used to enhance stage performance is just an excellent idea!


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