PodiumWise | Tips for advanced presentation skills

When you are reading a book, footnotes can be helpful.  They provide backup information without intruding on the narrative.

Some books include boxed comments in the margins.  They demand more attention than footnotes, but the reader can still choose to stay with the main message.

The point is that you don’t have to give your attention to these pieces of information if you don’t want to.   

Footnotes and comments in the margins are not restricted to writing.  Speakers use them too.  A typical footnote might begin with “For those who are not familiar with this concept, let me explain.”  A comment in the margins might lead off with “Oh, by the way.”

Is this supplementary information useful?  It can be-if limited.

Two weeks ago my wife and I sat through a speech that included so many verbal footnotes and comments in the margins that the speaker’s message never flowed.  My wife’s assessment: “Boy was that choppy!”

Are you unconsciously chopping up your own talks, compulsively including too many side comments and explanations?  Individually, they may be interesting and helpful, but they can become too much of a good thing.

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