Have you ever tried talking to somebody outside of your age range and found it somehow difficult to relate to the conversation?
Face it, as much as you think that we’re all human and have the same basic needs, etc., not everyone is on the same page as you are.
More often than not, you don’t have much experience with what the older folks are talking about, and for the younger folks? It feels like a coach or a mentor when you talk to them because you’ve been there and done that.
There’s always been struggles of generation gap, and public speaking is no exception.
Which is why I want to show you how one personal development blogger utilized an underused technique to speak to an audience half his age and it still turned out well.
Here’s how Eric Ibey used the Visualization technique to deliver a presentation to a group of high school students
Humans have short attention spans, and research shows that it’s even shorter because of the digital age.
What more when the humans you’re dealing with are younger than you, right?
But that didn’t stop Eric Ibey from his goal of presenting the benefits of travel to seventeen-year-olds.
He wanted to show them how travel makes our lives fuller, happier, and more awesome!
For the ones with wanderlust here, you can relate to what I’m talking about!
The challenge was trying to create a talk that would be engaging for people half his age since he didn’t have a lot of contact with teenagers in his life.
As a speaker, you don’t always know how your audience will react, let alone an audience that has an age group you don’t interact with that much.
This can give any speaker a little anxiety and some uncertainty as it did Eric.
Here’s how he visualized his success in giving that talk.
“Success simply looked like me standing in front of these students and them listening to me, not bored and staring at their phones. I also visualized them asking questions at the end of my presentation because they were curious and interested in the content of the talk. “
So how did it help you?
“It helped me to imagine how I would feel if all the students were not engaged in the presentation. I thought to myself, ‘If only one person in that class is paying attention, then this will be successful.’ By thinking that way I learned to get comfortable with whatever happened, even my worst case scenario. Of course, the worst case scenario never happened and the whole class was attentive and interested in the talk I gave.”
Our worst fears often live inside our heads.
Which is why it’s important to train our minds to think that we’re already going to be successful rather than think that we’re going to fail.
So don’t fret if your audience is a group of people you have no speaking experience with.
ALL audiences want you to succeed.
Have you ever struggled speaking because of audience differences?
Share it in the comments below!
A big thank you to Eric Ibey.
Bio: Eric Ibey is a certified coach, blogger, and fierce baldness advocate. He believes that happiness is achieved through challenging our fears, getting out of our comfort zones, and constantly growing as individuals. You can follow him at EricIbey.com
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