PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

I was watching a TV show about weapons in the Middle Ages and saw an application to public speaking.

One of the featured experts was demonstrating how effectively a crossbow could defeat a suit of armor.  After piercing the armor, he had the camera focus on the type of bolt (arrow) he was using.  He explained that the tapering of the metal head down to a small point concentrated the bolt’s kinetic energy.  It was this concentration of force that enabled it to pierce the metal.

In emphasizing how concentrated force maximizes impact, this gentleman could just as well have been talking about public speaking.

Concentrating your energies on a point (no pun intended) is the key to speaking impact.  If you go off on tangents, you diffuse your energy.  In the worst case scenario—a wandering ramble—no clear point means nothing accomplished.

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