Considering your Audience
It is vital that presenters think about who is in their audience when preparing for and delivering their oral presentation. This sounds obvious but often we tend to focus on ourselves as the presenter, on what we already know, and what we think is interesting. To help you with this consider your experiences of being a member of the audience (you have probably spent more time in the audience than presenting anyway!). Think about :
Considering the audience and their expectations will help you to choose the appropriate approach (formal, informal, interactive, discursive), the structure and the content (the level of detail and complexity).
Questions to consider:
How can you find out the answers to these questions?
A simple thing like asking the audience a question at the beginning (e.g. How many of you have experience of blogging?) and getting them to give a show of hands will allow you to quickly gauge their prior knowledge and their interests, encourage them to think about what you are saying and show them that you are interested in them!
Failure to consider your audience may result in them feeling the following:
Watch and Learn
The video clips on the right hand side of the screen illustrate several of the points made above and the discussion points aim to support you in evaluating these examples and your own practice.