4 Tips On Building Rapport With Your Audience As An Emcee

Emcee Singapore: Rapport

4 Tips On Building Rapport With Your Audience As An Emcee

Emcee Singapore: Building a rapport with your audience is one of the most important things you must learn if you wish to effectively emcee an event. Using these in your future presentations is sure to help you.

1. Get To Know The Audience

Firstly, arrive early. Spend ten to fifteen minutes introducing yourself to the gathering people. Have a brief talk with them. Who are they? What do they wish to gain by being there today? Or even what do they do for a living? This is an effective way to put people at ease. You may only speak with 5% of the audience, but they in turn will talk to people there and by word of mouth people will almost feel like they know you the emcee Singapore. This will not only build rapport but help break the ice.

2. Use Eye Contact

When you begin talking, use eye contact. It is an inbuilt instinct not to trust those who do not look us in the eyes. For example, if you ask a child if it was them who ate the cookie, a guilty child will look away as you ask.  If they have nothing to hide they will look you in the eye.

Don’t overdo it though! A few seconds is enough, and this will engage the person and again make them feel part of what you are doing.

3. Tell A Story

One thing you should always do is to tell a story – one that the audience can relate to and is relevant to the event.  You can get the audience involved – ask them questions or even use people as props in a skit-type story.

This will again help build rapport and get the audience involved, making them take in what you are telling them without realizing it. A very powerful tool if used correctly.

4. Play A Game

Before you start your event proper, but after you have welcomed everyone, play a game with the audience. You can ask them all to stand, then ask a series of questions related to the event. They must be questions with two answers, the funnier the better. Anyone who gets one wrong has to sit down, until you have your winner. This is an instant ice-breaker, gets people smiling, and with well-chosen questions can get the audience’s minds working ready for your event.

Remember that a relaxed audience who are enjoying what they are doing are more likely to take in what you as the emcee Singapore are saying than a bored audience! So involve them, put them at ease and do your best to relate to the audience.

And don’t be afraid to have a bit of fun. After all, it’s an event, not a court hearing!


H/T: Presentationmagazine

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