Different Types Of Audiences You May Encounter

Almost every article or web page related to public speaking and the sorts will tell you to keep your audience in mind before preparing a speech and that will take your speech to the next level and yet the irony remains! Our audiences are the least of our worries!

There will always be a certain set of audiences that are sure to be present in at least one of your presentations (there also might be a mix bag of all of them). If you understand the character and the temperament of the audience it will become very easy for you to handle situations.

different types of audience

Neutral Audience

These will be the kind of people who are directly or indirectly interested or don’t want to invest in your idea. Let’s say that these people are on the fence, i.e. neither here or there about the idea that you are trying to sell. You need to be extremely careful not to offend these audiences and still get them to invest in your idea or philosophy.

Hostile Audience

These are the people who are in strong disagreement with your idea. Don’t panic! Not everybody in the world will want to agree with or listen to you; therefore, you need to come up with a common ground, a starting point to relate to your audience. Try to think of reasons why they don’t agree with your view point, play the devil’s advocate with yourself and ask yourself what you might be leaving out. Always consider why people are not agreeing with your point of view.

Uninformed Audience

These are people who are unfamiliar with the topic of discussion at hand. You as the speaker need to provide them with everything they need to know about the topic. Here you need to figure out how much information to provide them depending upon their level of knowledge about the topic. Be cautious of not bogging down the audience with too much information. Pick and choose the key points that will help your audience wrap their head around the topic without being mentally exhausted.

Expert Audience

The audience here is already intangent with what you are telling them so the biggest mistake you can do is to give them a background of the topic. The people that you are catering to have all the required information, therefore, you need to tread a cautious path while delivering that speech giving the audience something new that they are uninformed about.

Business Audience

Time is money for this audience and they don’t have the patience to sit through your story telling, therefore, keep it short. You need to be polite and concise, brevity is an absolute vital. Make sure they understand that you are talking about them and not yourself, especially if it is something that they wouldn’t want to hear.

The key to a successful presentation is never to think that your audience is over informed or under-educated!

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