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Improve Listener Engagement, Comprehension, and Memory

Improve Listener Engagement, Comprehension, and Memory

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Discuss how sensory enhancements can improve listener engagement, comprehension, and memory

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what's covered
In this lesson, you will learn about how to ensure that your audience engages with and retains the information in your speech. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
  1. Improve Listener Engagement, Comprehension, and Memory
    1. Improving Listener Engagement through Sensory Enhancements
    2. Improving Listener Comprehension through Repetition and Sensory Enhancements
    3. Improving Listener Memory through Sensory Enhancements

1. Improve Listener Engagement, Comprehension, and Memory

Improving engagement, comprehension, and memory of your presentation can be accomplished by using sensory enhancements, or visual aids.

Sensory enhancements allow the audience members to break up the presentation into memorable chunks that are more easily understood than if the presentation had not included visual aids.

term to know
Engage
To engross or hold the attention of (someone); to keep busy or occupied.

1a. Improving Listener Engagement through Sensory Enhancements

Listeners will be more engaged if you understand your audience and tailor your sensory enhancements to them.

EXAMPLE

If you are presenting to a group that may have a shorter attention span, such as teenagers or young adults, you will want to use sensory enhancements with pictures and colors rather than additional text.

Visual aids help audience members follow the structure and flow of your presentation. They will also help audience members pay attention, as it is easier to engage with visuals rather than simply with words.

Use engaging anecdotes, quotes, and examples as a part of your visual aid. Stories and quotes help to break up your presentation, and will also help audience members to maintain their engagement in your presentation. Outlining these stories in your visual aids will help the audience remember and apply these stories.

1b. Improving Listener Comprehension through Repetition and Sensory Enhancements

Listener comprehension can be greatly improved through repetition, as it allows the audience to mentally rehearse and process information a second time, both visually and audibly.

This is most effective when a sensory enhancement is used as a method of repeating an idea.

EXAMPLE

If a speaker uses a story to explain a concept and has a visual aid related to the story, the audience member will process both the visual aid and the story, and will be more likely to understand the concepts the speaker is presenting.

1c. Improving Listener Memory through Sensory Enhancements

Sensory enhancements are also a powerful way of enhancing the memory of your audience. This is accomplished through the repetition of the information presented to the audience member.

If a speaker discusses the idea and then uses a visual aid to help the audience understand that idea, the audience member will think about and process this idea twice rather than just once. This will result in the audience member being more likely to remember the idea.

Similarly, a visual aid will act as a cue for the audience to remember a story or concept that the speaker is explaining. The visual cue will more easily remind the audience of the concept than a simple explanation in words.

summary
In this lesson, you learned that listeners will be more engaged if you tailor your sensory enhancements to them and add value with pictures, graphs, and other visually appealing items. Sensory enhancements improve comprehension through the process of repeating the information both visually and audibly. The repetition of information through a sensory enhancement and in your speech will help the audience remember your presentation.

Source: Boundless. "Improve Listener Engagement, Comprehension, and Memory." Boundless Communications Boundless, 17 Mar. 2017. Retrieved 1 Jun. 2017 from https://www.boundless.com/communications/textbooks/boundless-communications-textbook/preparing-and-using-visual-aids-16/the-value-of-sensory-enhancements-81/improve-listener-engagement-comprehension-and-memory-309-10674/

Terms to Know
Engage

To engross or hold the attention of (someone); to keep busy or occupied.