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The Differences Between a Man and a Woman . . .
in the Audience that is . . .

The differences between men and women in the speaking field is taught in my public speaking training. An all female audience is always wonderful to work with because they laugh easier and louder than if you had an all male audience.
All-male audiences are hard to get laughter out of because their ego gets in the way. They will look around first to see if anyone else is laughing before they will laugh, and they won't laugh as loud because they don't want to look inferior to their colleagues. Audiences that consist of more than 50 percent women are good too
because the presence of females provides a good buffer and makes it OK for the
men to laugh, since so many other people are laughing.

For a female speaker who is giving a presentation in front of an all-male audience it is very important for you to bond and be "one of the guys". I'm not trying to be sexist here,  just stating a fact. This awareness of differences between the sexes is from your public speaking training.  I'm just giving you some things to keep in mind if you are a female speaker and you want to be successful in front of a general all-male audience. You must realize not all men out there in the business world are as sensitive and loveable as I am (send all big hugs to me in care of my publisher). If you have an all-male audience that is not from the same company or field where work related issues would suffice; make sure you stick to sports, business, and money to best connect with them.

During my public speaking training I will show you how to deal with tough audiences. One of the hardest audiences to deal with consists of a group of executives from the same company when the CEO is present. If you say something funny, the executives will start to laugh, but then choke it off until they see if the CEO is laughing. If the CEO is laughing, then they feel that is okay to laugh. This kind of audience will create timing nightmares for you.  As a good presenter, you can sometimes take it upon yourself to gently explain to the CEO before you start you presentation how everyone will look to him or her for approval.

Knowing the differences between how men and women react to humor is an important lesson from your public speaking training.

 

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