The Differences Between a Man
and a Woman . . .
in the Audience that is . . .
You will learn about many differences in my public speaking course
but here is one that is especially important. You will find that an all female audience is great to work with because
they tend to laugh more easily and louder than an all male audience.
All-male audiences are the hardest because the male ego gets in the way of laughter. They look around to see if anyone else is laughing
before they laugh, and they won't laugh as loud because they think they
will look inferior to their colleagues.
If you are a female speaker in front of an all-male audience it is
more critical to bond and be "one of the guys" than if your
a male presenter. I'm not being
sexist here just stating a fact. I don't believe in sexist language,
this awareness is just part of your skills learned from your public
speaking course. I'm just
giving you the thoughts to
keep in mind if you are a female speaker and you want to be successful
speaking in front of a general all-male audience. You must realize:
all males out there in the business world are as sensitive as me (send
all big hugs to me in care of my publisher). If your all-male audience
consists of a general public audience not from the same company or
field, stick to sports, business, and money to best connect with them.
During my public speaking course you will learn how to deal with tough audiences. One
of the hardest audiences to deal with consists of a group of executives
from the same company when the CEO is present. If you say something
funny, the executives will start to laugh, but they choke it off until
they check to see if the CEO is laughing. If he or she is laughing,
then they go ahead and laugh. This kind of audience will create timing
nightmares for you. If you are the CEO and you are in the audience for
a presentation, it is your obligation to laugh and at least act like
you're having a good time to "give permission" to everyone
laugh. As a good presenter, you can sometimes take it upon yourself
to gently explain to the CEO before you start you presentation how everyone
will look to him or her for approval.
Audiences that consist of more than 50 percent women are good too
because the presence of females provides a good buffer and makes it
OK for the
men to laugh, since so many other people are laughing.
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