Monthly Archives: September 2011

Why Making Your Audience Tense Isn’t A Bug; Its a Feature

New presenters are often confused about how to manage the emotional state of their audience. I suspect this confusion is the ultimate underlying cause for the well known”Death by Bulletpoint” whereby well meaning presenters edge their audience (or victims if you’ve sat through enough of them) toward states of utter boredom by drowning them in a sea of statistics, three letter acronyms (TLA’s for the well experienced) and raw factual information. Particularly if their background is the quantitative sciences, they often underestimate the role of dramatic tension and resolution in the art of presentation for keeping an audience interested and engaged.

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