- In your normal voice say “If you can hear me clap once” (clap), “If you can hear me clap twice” (clap clap)… continue until the whole group joins you and then say “If you can hear me keep quiet and listen”.
- Jazz up the first tip using a combination of clapping and clicking rhythm. Through your body language and facial expressions, encourage the group to copy you. Eventually they will all be doing as you are and then you can count to 3 and STOP with a silent focused group before you.
- If the group is starting to loose concentration you can simply start to direct their attention to different objects and then back to you. This is a great and gentle way to focus them. You can say, “look at the ceiling (pause), look at the tree (pause), look at your hands (pause), look at me”.
- You will first need to teach the group how this works. When you want their attention call out “AND A HUSH FELL OVER THE CROWD”. They then respond by all saying “HUSSSSSSHHHHHH!!!” and then hopefully keeping quiet.
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Tips to Get a Groups Attention October 1st, 2015admin