How can you increase the likelihood that people will take action after your presentation? I am going to reveal many of the secrets to get your client to take action after your presentation.
1. Script the critical move
Tell people exactly what you want them do. An experiment was done on school students in Miner County, South Dakota where the town wanted to revive the local economy. The students worked out that if residents spent more of their money locally it would make a big difference. But they didn’t just say “Buy Local”, they scripted the critical move. They asked residents to spend 10% more of their disposable income in Miner County. They calculated that this would boost the local economy by $7 million. A year later, the amount of money spent in Miner County had increased by $15.6 million.
So in your presentation don’t just use a clever slogan. Be clear and specific about what you want members of your audience to do.
2. Give explicit instructions
An experiment on encouraging university students to take part in a food drive for charity showed that giving explicit instructions can give a tremendous boost to the response rate. One group of students received a letter asking them to give a can of food to a booth on Tresidder Plaza (a well-known spot on the campus). A second group of students received a more detailed letter including a map and a specific request for a can of beans. 4% responded to the general letter whilst just over 33% gave food after receiving the detailed letter.
In your presentations, take people through the detailed steps they’ll need to take and give them all the information they need to carry through in a handout.
3. Get them to imagine what they will do
If you’re asking people to take some action which only they know the details of, it won’t be practical for you to give explicit instructions. Instead get them to work out the details. Believe me, I have heard plenty of talks on forgiveness, but not one like this…The speaker challenged us to pick a specific person and put into practice what we had learned.
4. Develop action triggers
People who create action triggers for themselves are far more likely to take action. An action trigger is a mental plan you make about when and where you will do something or what you will do in a certain situation. For example, patients recovering from a hip operation who wrote down when and where they would go for a walk were much more likely to carry through on that decision then patient’s who just decided they would go for a walk.
Don’t just ask people to do something, get them to make a mental plan of when and where they will do it.
5. Appeal to their identity
People don’t do things simply because it’s in their self-interest, but because the action conforms to their view of themselves. Talk to your audience as if they are the type of people who do what you want them to do. For example “As people who love this community and want to see young families flourishing here, you’ll want to donate to refurbishment of this playground.”
6. Set up an accountability mechanism
Sharing a commitment to take action is powerful. There are a number of ways you can set this up for a presentation. You could ask people to pair up with another person and commit to keeping each other accountable. Or you could ask audience members to email you by a certain date with the action they’ve taken.
What tips do you have for motivating people to take action after your presentation?
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