***How to Address an All-Male Audience

(It is certainly to the companys success and goodwill to make you, the speaker, look good since they are probably paying to have you speak.)

By Nancy Daniels, The Official Guide to Public Speaking

While it is definitely easier to speak to female audiences, you can have as much success with male audiences if you understand the differences between the two. Do not get the impression that male audiences are not interested in hearing you speak. Covering a topic such as motivation for the local Lions club may not be as effective as discussing the success you had in raising money for a childrens hospital, for example. So it is best to leave your feelings out of the picture and it doesnt matter whether you are a male or female speaker in this case.

As is true with all audiences, grabbing the attention of your listeners with your opening remarks is imperative. They are as long as your topic is appropriate, your delivery is strong, and you know how to handle them.

While sports, business and money are always safe bets with a male audience, getting too personal may not be the smartest move to make in speaking to men. . Whether you begin with a question, a joke or an anecdote, captivating them right from the start will not only bolster your confidence but also make it that much easier to keep their focus on you.

If the group to whom you are speaking is composed of individuals from the same company, you may find it more challenging to get a laugh because men are often more reserved in front of their boss or their CEO. In addition, knowing the makeup of the particular male audience you are addressing will be to your advantage.

Speaking to mens clubs or organizations is certainly easier than addressing those who work together in a particular firm or business but you still need to tailor your message around the needs of those who belong to that specific group of people. Armed with this knowledge, it would be a good idea to speak to the CEO or the person leading the group in advance, explaining the situation so that he recognizes the disadvantage you may have as the speaker. They are likely to follow that persons lead; thus, if the CEO isnt laughing, then those under him may not feel free to express their emotions. For some, admitting that they can empathize or even sympathize with an emotional message may be near to impossible

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