Archive for February 4th, 2010

Let’s Kill Dull Talks – 3

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Slash Details like Drunk Pirates

When was the last time you heard a presentation that was too short? Most audience members are bored most of the time in most presentations. When you’re bored, you’re hearing too much information that is irrelevant to you. You stop listening. Don’t do this to your audiences!

Since you’ll never know exactly how much information to include, you’ll probably deliver too much, just like everyone else. Great presenters deliver too little information in an exciting way. That leaves plenty of time for questions and answers.

A quick fix: Cut the time of your presentation in half. If you’re scheduled to speak for 20 minutes, deliver it in 10. Put the cut information in written handouts and pass it out when your talk is done.