It is not uncommon to see a speaker start their speech with a surge of energy and enthusiasm. This is done in the hope or expectation that the audiences energy levels will automatically lift to meet the speakers. Unfortunately this rarely happens. Instead the audience remains disconnected from the speaker and the speaker fails to communicate their message effectively.
There is nothing undesirable about wanting to move the energy levels of your audience. Often it is required if you want to truly inspire them to change. However you cannot simply expect an audience to follow your ultra enthusiastic lead.
To energise an audience you need to first meet them where they are, and this includes matching their energy levels. Do not start your presentation at a blistering speed; rather match the energy and enthusiasm of your audience and over the course of your speech increase your energy. If you sense your audience is unenthused try a softer or subdued approach to starting your presentation. If they are already excited meet them at their level and take them where you want to.
When you start your presentation at the level of your audience you will find the audience will connect better with you and naturally follow your lead.
Try this technique the next time you need to inspire or motivate your audience and you will see an improved receptiveness from your audience to your presentation, your ideas, and the concept you are inspiring them with.
Please let me know how you apply the technique and the experiences you have.