Public Speaking Training:
Attention Gaining Devices
We know that today, people have attention spans that are on the short side. The
use of attention gaining devices is a very necessary skill from your public
speaking training. To keep the audience alert and interested go through your
presentation beforehand and make sure that every 2-4 minutes you are using
some kind of attention gaining device.
Some ways you can use attention gaining devices are increasing your voice
inflection, showing a visual, using a prop, telling a story, writing on
a flip chart, moving around the room, throwing out a one liner or joke, or
showing a picture of your family. Your possibilities are endless when looking
for ideas to gain the attention of your audience. You will learn how to use this
technique effectively in your public speaking training.
Just make sure every few minutes that go by you incorporate some of these
attention gaining devices. When you utilize these skills effectively your
audience won't know you are using a technique on them, but at the end they
will say. Wow! That time sure went by fast!