Episode 118: Opening Your Message so Your Audience Connects

Dec 12, 2022

What does it mean to create an opening that captures attention? More importantly, how do you do it? We haven’t discussed this topic for a while, so this is a great question! Considering the shocking stats of how little time you have to capture your audience’s attention (which I reveal in this episode), crafting an opening that grabs your one person is so, so important. Y’all will want to tune in to this one!

Assuming you’ve already done all the hard work, we’ll dive into how to craft a message that will capture and captivate your audience. But first, let’s talk about how you step onto the stage and then work backward. Ready? Listen in…

 Highlights from this episode include:

  • An attention-grabbing opening (1:19)
  • Let’s start at the beginning (1:36)
  • What you need to do first (2:07)
  • Our natural tendency (4:22)
  • A startling statistic (7:11)
  • Another key component (8:08)
  • Your opening (10:18)
  • The power of your voice (11:15)
  • Don’t dramatize for drama’s sake (13:16)

Your opening will determine how much you connect with your audience. What sort of reaction does your audience give when you take the stage? Are they leaning in, ready to hear more? Come on over to the Take the Stage Facebook group or send me a DM on Instagram and tell me all about it!

I’d love it if y’all came to join the conversation in the Facebook group – Take the Stage Speakers and take a moment to share with us! If you aren’t on Facebook, find me on Instagram! I would love for you to share it with me.

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