Captivating Your Audience in Sales and Business

Captivating Your Audience in Sales and Business

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Do you really want a captive audience, or do you want them to be captivated?

Whether you're a business leader or sales professional, one of the most important things you need to achieve is to get people's attention. To capture their interest and keep them engaged with your message. However, there is a significant difference between having a captive audience and having a captivated audience. While the former may sound impressive, the latter is ultimately more effective and valuable.

A captive audience refers to a group of people who are obligated to listen to your message. They may be physically present, such as attendees at a mandatory company meeting, or they may be a captive audience in a virtual setting, such as a webinar or a sales pitch. These audiences may not have chosen to be there, but they are required to listen to what you have to say. 

On the other hand, a captivated audience is one that is genuinely interested in what you have to offer. They are engaged, curious, and eager to learn more about your product or service. They are more likely to be receptive to your message and take action based on what they've heard.

So, which type of audience do you really want?

The answer should be obvious: you want a captivated audience. But why?

Firstly, a captivated audience is more likely to convert into customers. When people are genuinely interested in what you have to offer, they are more likely to take the next step and make a purchase. A captive audience, on the other hand, may feel resentful or bored, and are therefore less likely to engage with your business or brand. 

Secondly, a captivated audience is more likely to spread the word about your business. When people are impressed by what you have to offer, they are more likely to tell their friends and family about it. This word-of-mouth advertising is invaluable and can lead to more customers and more revenue for your business.

Thirdly, a captivated audience is more likely to become a repeat customer. When people are satisfied with their experience, they are more likely to return for future purchases.

A captive audience may feel like they've fulfilled their obligation and move on to other things.

So, how do you captivate your audience? Here are 5 quick tips:

  1. Know your audience. Understand who they are, what their interests are, and what motivates them. Tailor your message to their needs and desires.

  2. Be passionate. If you are enthusiastic about what you have to offer, it will show, and your audience will be more likely to be enthusiastic too. After all, sales starts with a transfer of enthusiasm.

  3. Tell a story. People are naturally drawn to stories. Use anecdotes and examples to illustrate your message and make it more relatable.

  4. Be engaging. Use humor, ask questions, and encourage participation. Make your presentation interactive and encourage your audience to share their thoughts and experiences.

  5. Be a good messenger. This is the area most leaders need to work on, but rarely address. Do you look, sound, and act like a confident communicator of your message. Would you listen to you? If not, work on your communication skills to become ambassador for your business and message.

While having a captive audience may seem like a good thing, it is ultimately more important to have a captivated audience. A captivated audience is more likely to become a customer, spread the word about your business, and become a repeat customer. By knowing your audience, being passionate, telling a story, being engaging, and becoming a good messenger, you can captivate your audience and achieve your business goals.

Joshua Seth is a celebrity voice actor, turned communication skills keynote speaker.

His mission is to help leaders unlock the power of their voice so they can speak with influence, communicate with confidence, and sound like a better version of themselves.

Joshua's known to millions as the voice of over 100 animated TV shows and movies, and can be heard in everything from Akira to Spongebob Squarepants. But he’s best known as the star of Digimon, voicing the main character Tai for the past 20 years in both the hit TV series and all 8 movies, helping it become the 75th highest grossing media franchise in the world.

He’s the author of the upcoming book "Communicate With Impact" (2023, New You Publishing). Joshua has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches and presentations over the past 10 years for many of the world's top companies and professional organizations.

For information on Joshua’s keynote speeches and workshops visit

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