Andrew Zhan sent me this video the other day, and I loved it. It's got a profound message. It's not geared to speakers, but the message is applicable: It's not about you.
There are times when audience members don't seem to be engaging with you. Sometimes they seem indifferent, and sometimes they seem downright hostile.
If it's a large percentage of the audience, you might be doing something to encourage their behavior. But in general, when it's a few people, it's not about you. Don't take it personally. We all have our issues, our distractions, our preoccupations.
If you can meet the audience where they are, and understand their possible barriers to hearing and retaining what you have to say, you will connect with them on a deeper level, and your message has a much better chance of getting through.
Watch the video and think about how you can apply this message to your speaking -- if not your life.
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