PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

Normally, anecdotal material makes a talk more engaging.  Few things can hold attention better than a story.  Yet, some story telling speakers are boring.  How can this be?

One good explanation comes from 18th century author, playwright and philosopher, Francois-Marie Aronet (a.k.a., Voltaire):

“The secret to being a bore…is to tell everything.”

Detail is essential.  It helps listeners form a picture in their mind.  It brings a story alive.

However, detail can go from making a story rich to becoming too much of a good thing.  As a speaker goes on and on, including all manner of minutia, attentive looks become glazed stares. 

Even a short story has a plot.  If details are keeping the plot from moving forward, you’re entering the boring zone.

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