Audience Engagement Strategy Book

This guide, written by Sheila B Robinson for Potent Presentations,  outlines a variety of different strategies that can be used in presentations to encourage an audience's intellectual engagement with you and your message. Each strategy includes discussion of how it can be used and tips for implementing it during a presentation. 


"Many of these strategies are suitable for use during various parts of the presentation beginning, middle, or end and are flexible enough to allow you to determine exactly how much time you want to spend on them. Many help you facilitate processing or reflection time for participants in fun ways. These strategies also provide you, the presenter, information about what your audience is thinking and how they are feeling, so you can monitor and adjust as needed. Strategies are listed in order of ease of application in any session type. Each strategy is marked with a set of icons to let you know how the strategy rates on a number of dimensions, and for which types of sessions it is most appropriate."


  • Eye contact
  • Proximity
  • Rhetorical questions
  • Turn and talk
  • Think-pair-share
  • Simple polls
  • Audience voting
  • Write & stick
  • Reflection
  • Jigsaw
  • Inside-outside circle
  • Four corners
  • Carousel brainstorming
  • Snowball fight
  • Gallery walk
  • Quote mingle
  • Sculpt a symbol
  • Poster session
  • Picture connections
  • Social media connections


Robinson, S. B., (2014), Audience Engagement Strategy Book, Potent Presentations. Retrieved from:

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