It is all about you – not me. If a speaker makes their talk all about them, they miss the point and they fail to connect with you. Your ability to build rapport is the most vital skill you can acquire as a speaker.
Exciting research work on neuroscience by Professor Paul Brown (he makes the unfathomable crystal clear) is fascinating and has many tips for you. Building a sense of limbic resonance and safety opens others minds to your ideas. Safety, connection and interaction will be your success criteria.
So how do you do it? Within 30 seconds of hearing a speaker you need to be thinking “me too!” Within 5 minutes you need to be interacting with the speaker, or a partner in audience. We are social animals – make sure you connect and interact to inspire your audience.