Today it is harder and harder to get and keep someone's attention, especially in a motivational speech. Busy, distracted audiences in a large crowd will not put up with a non congruent message that doesn't get to the point and bring clarity to the topic. A smaller audience may be a bit more forgiving.
I was a motivational speaker for a real estate conference where I suggested realtors are on their feet delivering motivational speeches every day. In this group many of the realtors are also addressing large audiences of people to help them purchase properties or explain the real estate industry.
From a motivational speaking stand point; addressing a larger audience is very similar to addressing a smaller one but keep in mind the following adjustments.
- Speaking to a large audience requires more energy. As a fellow motivational speaker once suggested; imagine you have to spread your energy to the back and sides of the room. In an audience of one or two, a lot of energy would be overkill and in a larger crowd it will make or break your speech.
- Larger crowds are more diverse than smaller ones. You must work harder in preparation for the speech to unravel what unites or brings this group together. At the same time, you have to keep your message generic enough that it engages everyone.
- Interact and engage with individuals within the group to create a more personalized connection in a large audience.