"How can you immediately connect as a speaker with your audience? Start talking to them - before your speech. Via email, a website poll or in person, ask the meeting planner and event attendees what they want to learn from you. Sometimes I'll create a web survey with SurveyMoney.com and ask the planner to email it to some attendees so I can customize my presentation based on their feedback. One way or another, try to uncover their hot button issues as well as problems and questions they have. Use all that homework to craft your speech and, where appropriate, even name the people who communicated with you. They'll appreciate the compliment."
Thanks to Steve Harrison of the Reporter Connection
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