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How to keep an audience engaged when you’re presenting solo

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What do you do when there’s no one to bounce off?

There’s nothing natural about sitting in front of a cold lifeless microphone trying to perform to a listener you can’t see.

So how do you get the energy you need in your voice when you’re talking to no one?

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Imagine someone in your mind

Conversational energy is easy to harness when you’re sitting across from a warm body.  But when you’re presenting solo you have to find a way to make it feel like you’re talking to someone else.

A good way to do this is to imagine someone in your mind as you’re presenting your content.  This might feel silly but it’s something professional podcasters and radio presenters do all the time.

Once you’ve had a lot of practice you’ll do this without thinking but when you’re starting out you need to use your powers of imagination.

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Present your podcast in front of a mirror

If you’re having difficulty conjuring someone up in your mind you can always give your brain a little help by sitting in front of a mirror.

You’ll be surprised at what a difference it’ll make to the energy in your voice, just seeing another person (even if that person is you).

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Record where you can see people

If you record at home, do your show somewhere you can see your nearest and dearest. If you record in the office, do it in a meeting room where you can see people going about their business.

Whichever way you do it you’re trying to harness the all-important feeling of presenting to another person.

This is what will help bring life into your voice and it’s this life and energy that keeps your listeners engaged in your show.

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