Public Speaking Course:
Make 'em Wonder
I'm pretty sure that most of my students and readers know that when
I'm speaking in public I try to push the limits - most of the time -
to make sure my audience is not going to fall asleep on me.
It should be no surprise to you that in this article from my public
speaking course I will attack another common old style snoozer technique
(and I know I will get letters from educational theory folks, but that
is OK) . . . that is, telling the people in the audience what you are
going to cover during your presentation.
I say let 'em figure it out as you go.
If they think they know where you are going during your speech, then it is easy for them to 'zone out' since they 'think'
they know what you are going to say.
The way I do it is to make them wonder, 'What in the heck is he going
to do next?,' which forces them to stay alert to find out.
If they are asleep it
will be next to impossible for you to use what you learned in your
public speaking course and paint in their mind your wonderful word picture. Make 'em wake up,
and Make 'em wonder at your words!