I, for one, would NEVER want to see an auditorium filled with naked people. I find the notion rather alarming. This clever idea originated in Dorothy Sarnoff’s book, Speech Can Change Your Life published in 1970. On page 199 it says that: “Winston Churchill overcame his early fear of audiences by imagining that each of them was sitting there naked.” (Thank you to this blog post for the great research!)
For me, winning over your audience has nothing to do with seeing everyone in their birthday suits. It has everything to do with making a genuine connection, in the exact same way you would when you meet a new friend in a cafe. In today’s video, I share my surefire strategies for keeping my audience engaged.
As the late, great Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
The same is true for when you are on stage.