We’ll often hear a celebrity say “Thank you so much, you’ve been a terrific audience” and really mean it. Why? Because speakers actually perform better when audience members are attentive and send positive energy to the speaker.
So the next time you’re in an audience, don’t look at your iPhone phone or watch. Don’t fold your arms across your chest. Don’t yawn extravagantly. Don’t roll your eyes or whisper to your neighbor. Instead, make eye contact with the speaker, smile, nod your head in approval.
When we work with clients on their speeches and presentations, we advise them to look for a friendly face in the crowd and derive energy from them. Why not be that friendly face? Perhaps the speaker will return the favor when it’s your turn on stage.