Audience: (n) the assembled spectators or listeners at a public event, such as a play, movie, concert, or meeting.
You may speculate that they are spectators, but the word “audience” literally means that they are there to listen.
As listeners, they are not compelled to feed your ego nor respond to your whim.
If the person sharing is not willing to communicate clearly, or provide a balance of entertainment and inspiration, then he should be prepared for the audience to take its ears elsewhere.
That’s a simple fact.
After many, many years of sharing, performing, presenting, or whatever word you prefer, in front of hundreds of thousands of human souls, I will tell you that I have never come across any gathering that did all the work for me.
Some are friendlier, and some are like a Wells Fargo safe which has to be cracked meticulously in order to find the treasures within.
With the introduction of YouTubes and Internet blogs, there are many fledgling artists who think that having ten thousand “likes” or a million hits is a passage to success.
It is not.
There are three things that tell you that you’ve reached your audience:
- Do they get quiet when they’re supposed to get quiet?
Noisy is easy. Getting people quiet is an art.
- Do they want more of what you have and are they willing to commit either their time or money to confirm that devotion?
It is a fickle day we live in. The 24-hour news cycle has turned the American attention span and the allegiance of the American audience into the actions of a housefly at a July 4th picnic.
- Are they leaving the performance, lecture or interaction a little different than when they came in?
America is desperately searching for answers, while simultaneously pretending that such data is unnecessary.
Solve a problem–save a soul.
It’s really that easy.
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