Book Title: Hook Your Audience (volume 1)

Subtitle: How educational presenters can captivate their learners using performance techniques

Author: Paul McCrory

Book Description: A toolkit of techniques to emotionally engage child and family audiences in interactive, educational presentations. Its main purpose is to encourage you to reflect more deeply on exactly how you hook your learners using engagement techniques.

In light of the impact of Covid-19 on the informal education sector, the full text of this book has been made available online until the end of October 2021. Access supporting resources and find out how to purchase paperback or ebook versions at HookYourAudienceBook.com

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Book Description

How do you present when nobody has to listen to you?

If you work as an informal educator in a visitor attraction or outreach organisation this is the challenge you face every day. Without being able to win and keep the attention of your audience, all of your other objectives are impossible to achieve.

Hook Your Audience is a toolkit of performance techniques to emotionally engage child and family audiences in interactive, educational presentations. Its main purpose is to encourage you to reflect more deeply on exactly how you hook your learners using engagement techniques. Many of these hooks are borrowed from other professional performers, such as magicians, stand-ups, street performers and actors.

The toolkit explores issues, such as:

  • how to use your personality to connect with audiences;
  • how to make your crafted presentations appear spontaneous;
  • how to maintain your enthusiasm when delivering the same content for the 537th time;
  • how to coax volunteers from a teenage audience who seem glued to their seats;
  • how to create humour, even if you feel you aren’t naturally funny.

Paul McCrory runs HOOK training ltd, a company devoted to helping educators engage their learners. His approach combines interactive performance techniques and psychology. He has spent over 20 years working as an informal science educator and trainer in the UK, Ireland and internationally. The most interesting thing about Paul is that he has a PhD in being interesting. You can find out more about his training, coaching and consultancy services for informal educators at hooktraining.com

If you want to support the book during the open access period – so that I can get it in front of as many informal educators as possible – you’re welcome to buy me a metaphorical hot chocolate. No marshmallows. Thanks.

Author

Paul McCrory

License

Hook Your Audience (volume 1) Copyright © 2021 by HOOK training limited. All Rights Reserved.

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Title
Hook Your Audience (volume 1)
Author
Paul McCrory
License

Hook Your Audience (volume 1) Copyright © 2021 by HOOK training limited. All Rights Reserved.

Publisher
HOOK training limited
Publication Date
July 7, 2021