If your topic is not perceived as interesting enough, then you need to speak about it with more confidence, authority, and conviction and soon people will be interested. Here are some ways to help you get your audience interested in your topic:
How you start your presentation will determine if people listen to you or not. Two of the big questions your audience members have when they are in the room with you is “Why am I here?” “Why is this is important to me?”
If you don’t quickly tell them why they should care about the topic; then the audience will focus on other items they deem more important.
Now, starting with why does not mean that you forget about the why throughout the presentation. You have to keep connecting your topic to your audience’s interests throughout the talk. Remember, your audience is always listening to one radio station. What’s in it For Me and to keep them interested in the topic, you have to keep tying your topic back to their interests.
Love your Topic, Make Presentation Interesting If you think your topic is boring, then how can you expect anyone else to like it when you present. People will detect your lack of passion, disinterest, and insecurities about the topic. Your disinterest is like a virus that spreads and infects everyone around you.
The Social Curiosity Driver tells us that if other people show interest in something in front of you, then we will get curious too. Example, you are walking down the street, and you see ten people staring and pointing at the sky with amazed looks on their faces. Would you be interested in finding out what they are looking at? Of course, it’s human nature. Now imagine leveraging that same phenomenon in your presentations.
Next time you present get interested in your topic and don’t fake it; just tap into real interest, and you will see how this will peak the curiosity of your audience. They will be sitting there, saying to themselves, “I don’t know what she sees in the topic, but there must be something interesting here.”
Remember, if you can’t get yourself interested in what you are talking about, there is no way you will get your audience to be interested.