Knowing Your Listener

Knowing your listeners and/or learners is one of the keys to preparing an effective presentation. Understand as much as possible about your listeners and/or learners. This knowledge will help you prepare and make a meaningful presentation, and also ensure a relevant experience for your listeners and/or learners.

Knowing your listeners and/or learners will help you:

• Streamline your presentations.
• Simplify preparation and shorten practice time.
• Customize materials.
• Feel more comfortable.
• Reduce your anxiety.

In a national survey, knowledge of the listeners and/or learners was cited as one of the most important pieces of information necessary to prepare and present a speech.