Be aware of your audience and their energy levels. If they drop, it's time to change up your presentation. Get the audience moving with a specific activity and goal; it increases the energy in the room and your audience will re-engage.
There are 3 tips on when you may want to include a group activity:
- If your presentation is longer than 60 minutes, have them break into small groups with the people around them and apply one of the principles or strategies you just shared.
- If you are speaking right after lunch, add an activity that gets them moving around and talking to others.
- If you are following two or three other speakers, your audience is already tired of sitting and listening. Open with an activity that gets them up and moving, asking questions to each other, etc.
Find 2 activities you can have in your "hip pocket" and pull them out when you need one. You should be comfortable with how the interaction works and have a system to bring everyone back together without losing control. You won't need them all of the time, but you'll be extremely grateful you were prepared for those times when you do need them!
For best results, practice these in a small group setting that will go with the flow if it doesn't work out as well as you think it might. This will help you plan better so you can deliver a stellar performance when you are in a room filled with your target market.
P.S. Need some help in discovering what types of activities would be appropriate for your audiences? Schedule a free 30-minute strategy session and I'll share a couple of ideas based on your topic and audience. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time.