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The Differences Between a Man and a Woman . . .
in the Audience that is . . .

In my public speaking course I teach about several differences, but here is one that especially stands out. An all female audience is great to present to because they usually laugh easier and louder than an all male audience. All-male audiences tend to be the toughest to get laughter out of because the male ego seems to get in the way. All the men look around first to see if anyone else is laughing before they will laugh, and they won't laugh as loud as they normally would because they think they will look inferior to their colleagues.

If you are a female presenter doing a program in front of an all-male audience it is more crucial for you to bond and be "one of the guys" than if you were a male presenter. I'm not trying to sound sexist here I am just stating a fact. This awareness  of the sexual differences is just part of what you will  learn from your public speaking course.  I'm just giving you some things to keep in mind if you are a female presenter and you want to be successful in front of a general all-male audience. You must realize not all men out there in the business world are as sensitive as I am (send all hugs and kisses to me in care of my publisher). If your all-male audience consists of a general public audience not from the same company or field, stick to sports, business, and money to best connect with them.

Audiences that consist of more than half women are good too
because the presence of females provides a good buffer and makes it OK for the
men to laugh, since so many other people are laughing.

During my public speaking course I will show you the best way to deal with tough audiences. Another
hard audiences to deal with consists of a group of executives from the same company when the CEO is attending. If you say something funny, the executives will start to laugh, but then choke it off until
they check and see if the CEO is laughing. If he or she is laughing, then they go ahead and laugh. This kind of audience will create timing nightmares for you. If you are the CEO and you are in the audience for
a presentation, it is your obligation to laugh and at least act like you're having a good time to "give permission" to everyone else that its okay to laugh. As a good presenter, you can sometimes take it upon yourself to gently explain to the CEO before you start you presentation how everyone will look to him or her for approval.

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