Get People to Love You in One Minute
So -- how do you grab an audience’s attention when they have a complete entertainment center on their phone? And how do you get an audience of complete strangers to focus on your message?
Here is the secret -- open with their favorite topic: THEM!
In my book, “The Message of You,” I have an exercise where I ask readers to phone a few people who are going to be in their audience and ask them, “For you, what are some problems that happen on a bad day?”
Then, just mentioning some of those problems at the start of your speech or standup act is a sure fire way to engage everyone -- especially if you do it with some humor.
One quick way to do this is to put the audiences’ problem into the “List of Three” formula: general problem, general problem, their specific problem.
“There are a lot of problems in the world, like terrorism (general), tornadoes (general), and cafeterias that are always out of spoons (their specific problem).”
You’ll get their attention – and get them to laugh.
Do you have more ideas on how to use this formula? Post with your “List of Three” and the top 5 funniest will get a free download of "How to Create Observational Humor."
Judy Carter blogs on comedy, storytelling and public speaking techniques, using personal stories and her adventures as a stand-up comic turned motivational public speaker. Her weekly blogs are read by fans of her books, “The Comedy Bible” (Simon and Schuster) and “The Message of You” (St. Martin’s Press), which include comics, speakers, and entrepreneurs. She is also known for teaching the value of humor and storytelling to businesses as a leadership and stress reduction tool.