5 Takeaways Attendees Want When Listening to a Professional Speaker

ByBill Belew

5 Takeaways Attendees Want When Listening to a Professional Speaker

Cruise Ship Speaker - Belew

Cruise Ship Speaker – Belew

It’s not about the speaker anymore. It’s about the listener.

The attendee doesn’t care as much about what the speaker knows as they do about what they will know when they leave.

“How will my life change for having given you (the speaker) 18 (Ted talk), 30, or 45 minutes?”

Today’s listeners want:

1. Inspiration

2. Motivation

3. Entertainment

4. Participation

5. Relevance

“It’s all about me!” The listener wants to hear/see something cool, that makes them feel fuzzy inside.

Related: 4 Necessary changes the professional speaker must make

“It’s all about me!!” The listener wants to be compelled to act for reasons they may not have thought of.

“It’s all about me!!!” The listener wants to enjoy the experience of being inspired and motivated.

“It’s all about me!!!!” The listener wants to actively participate, to get his/her questions answered, to have the speaker change direction at will – the listener’s will.

“It’s all about me!!!!!” The listener wants to be spoon-fed, to be told what to do next, to be given actionable steps, to make an immediate connection. It’s not delayed gratification. It’s about me and right now.

My dad (I am old so my dad is/was really old) went to a movie with a friend. They were watching a love scene when his friend leaned over and said, “Love scenes sure have changed since the cowboy kissed his horse.”

So have audiences.

Be up to date, or be out dated and find yourself sitting and listening and wondering, “What’s this presentation go to do with me?”



[maxbutton id=”3″]


Enter your email address to get updates:

About the author

Bill Belew administrator

Bill Belew, PhD, MFA, MSc also has a very interesting career. Bill spent a half dozen years in the US Navy climbing the enlisted ranks and making the jump to Lieutenant where he served as a Surface Warfare, Communications and Intelligence Officer. While aboard ship, in the Navy, he sailed enough nautical miles to circumnavigate the globeAfter his military time, Bill spent nearly 20 years in the Far East – Japan, China, Russia and India where he taught university and created and grew his own language school throughout Japan and Far East Russia.Bill speaks to audiences of all size, countless times yearly. He has a network of 4000+ individuals who follow him in the Silicon Valley Bay Area to learn about Social Media/inbound/content marketing. He is a weekly guest on the Social Network Station broadcast to 90+ countries from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.More than 75,000,000 people have viewed over 125,000,000 pages in his network of sites.Bill is represented by 4 cruise ship agencies that send him, literally, anywhere and everywhere in the world, and is a principal of SpeakOnCruises.com

    Leave a Reply