Public Speaking Course:
Make 'em Wonder
Most of my public speaking students and readers know that when I do a
presentation I always try to push the limits of he norm, to make sure my
audience is going to stay awake and listen to my presentation.
In this article from my public speaking course I will attack another common
old school style technique on public speaking. (and I know I will get letters
from educational theory folks yelling at me, but that is OK). The technique I am
referring to is that you should tell the people in your audience what you are
going to cover during your presentation.
I say let 'em figure it out as you go.
If your audience thinks they know where you are going during your
presentation, then it makes it easy for them to 'zone out' since they 'think'
they know what you are going to say.
Instead 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 impossible for you to use what you learned in
your public speaking course, so make 'em wake up, and make 'em wonder at your