What every great public speaker asks their audience — what did you learn from my talk?

[vc_row][vc_column][mk_image src=”https://londoncalling.co/wp-content/uploads/my-view-zagreb-leap-summit.jpg"][vc_column_text]As many readers know, I speak at a lot of events every year. They vary from huge halls, like above in Zagreb where I spoke to 800 people, or a group of 300 from a major Bank’s Digital team, or a group of 100 high school students, shown below.[/vc_column_text][mk_imagebox show_as=”column” column=”2" padding=”10"][mk_imagebox_item item_image=”https://londoncalling.co/wp-content/uploads/300-digital-leaders.jpg"][/mk_imagebox_item][mk_imagebox_item item_image=”https://londoncalling.co/wp-content/uploads/andrew-grill-ruislip-high.jpg"][/mk_imagebox_item][/mk_imagebox][vc_column_text]Without seeming arrogant, I’ve been told I am a good public speaker. Repeat bookings and testimonials tell me so, but I am never satisfied.

Recently I have enlisted the help of an “ImpactTologist” — my friend Martin Brooks to see how I can improve my content and delivery every time I speak. He has given me some brilliant advice that I have already put into practice.

Generally when I come off stage and mingle with guests and delegates after my talk, they say to me “That was a great talk.”[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”https://londoncalling.co/wp-content/uploads/andrew-post-event-questions.png"][vc_column_text]Of course I thank them for their kind words, but it was happening all the time, even when I gave what I thought was a pretty average presentation. I actually was starting to feel embarrassed, so I went looking for a way to deflect the compliments.

Now when people compliment me after one of my talks, I ask them to reflect on it and concentrate on the content, not the delivery.

I ask them in return — what are two things that you will take back to your company?

This always makes them think. They generally take a breath, and reflect on what I have said.

Any good speaker should do the same, not just lap up the praise, but see if the content is something they can action straight away.

What I have found using this approach is that I then can more accurately understand what worked well, and what made them think, and apply this in future talks.

As a speaker looking to constantly improve, I don’t want to be told that it was a great speech, I want to see what content really connected with them.

As you go through your own speaking career, start asking your audience what they will take away with them?

I many ways, through this deeper feedback I actually learn much more from my audience than they learn from me.

Top tips to improve your content and delivery style each time

  1. Film each and every talk and review them afterwards in great detail to learn what worked and what didn’t. Read more about the kit I use to film all my talks in this post

Next time you speak, ask for feedback on your content from your audience — you may find you learn something new.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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The Actionable Futurist®. Former Global Managing Partner @ IBM. Proud Dad. TEDx & International Keynote Speaker. Aussie in London.

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Andrew Grill - The Actionable Futurist®

The Actionable Futurist®. Former Global Managing Partner @ IBM. Proud Dad. TEDx & International Keynote Speaker. Aussie in London.