Presentation Feature: Audience rapport

What is it?

Ways in which the speaker maintains a relationship with the audience. It happens throughout the presentation.

Why is it important?

To develop a connection between the speaker and the audience which shows the audience the speaker knows them and is addressing them. This retains audience attention.

How is it done?

By sharing small personal moments with the audience which show the speaker-audience connection. The speaker can talk briefly about his/her life, feelings, background, culture and relate it to the audience where possible. This information should be at least partly relevant to the topic. The speaker can also add occasional light or humorous comments. Because audience rapport is designed to create a sense of conversation and connection it must be accompanied by eye-contact and other suitable body language.

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