Tough Love: How Not to Bore an Audience - Deepstash
Ditch the Slides

Or at least don't make them the star of the show. 

You are the star. Your slides are your aides--your backup singers. Use them intermittently. 

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Tough Love: How Not to Bore an Audience

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Keep the nature of the occasion in mind as you prepare your message. Every situation and audience is different. 

Don't be tone-deaf. Your antennae must be sensitive to the need for for...

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There's no correlation between the length of a talk and its impact. 

Have a good beginning, a strong ending, and put the two as close together as possible.

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Begin With The Pitch

Any communication that you are willing to pay for begins effectively. 

Your job at the beginning of a talk is to capture attention and convince your audience that it's in their interes...

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Listeners cycle in and out of attentiveness--mostly out. Twenty percent of your audience will be spaced out at any given time.

So when you begin, establish your themes, and as you move...

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Make It Stick

Attention-getting messages are simple, unexpected, and concrete.

The mention of an object creates a visualized idea in our minds--we form an image of the thing, and retain it in our me...

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Rehearse. An audience doesn't want to see you struggling to say what's on your mind. 

They've come for a show, an organized presentation of thought. Know your lines: your opening line,...

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Know how to stand (either behind the lectern, where you're half-hidden but feel safer, or out on the open stage) and move in such a way that you communicate the intangibles that motivate ...

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When you're speaking, if you're having a good time, inform your face. Your face is the most valuable real estate in any meeting room.

The audience wants to hear, see, and sense your fa...

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Frame Your Content

Good content may be necessary for a successful presentation, but it isn't sufficient: it doesn't guarantee success.

You must frame your good content so it holds attention and show up o...

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