Hi, it’s Carl Kwan.
When you give a presentation, it’s important to remember to give little breaks to your
audience’s brains. But what the heck does that mean, right?
What I mean is, the human brain can only pay attention to something for so long and then
attention starts to drift. The additional problem is that people won’t
remember what you’re telling them once their brains have gone off into la-la land.
To prevent this, what you need to do is summarize what you’ve said on a regular basis during
your presentation. So what I’m going to teach you is an expression
you can use to give a short summary before you move onto another topic in your presentation.
Ok, so let’s say you’ve just talked about, I don’t know…
Three things you can do to save money on cat litter and you’re now going to talk about
environmentally friendly ways to dispose of used cat litter.
So this is now the perfect time for you to briefly summarize what you told them about
saving money on cat litter before you talk about disposing of cat litter.
And what you’re going to say is… “So once again, the three things you can do
to save money on cat litter are… Number one, get a smaller cat.
Number two, train your cat to use the toilet. And number three, change your cat for a goldfish.
Keeping those in mind, let’s move onto some environmentally friendly ways to dispose of used cat litter,
shall we?” And that’s all you have to do to summarize
what you’ve just said before moving onto another topic in your presentation.
It’s really quite simple, but the main point I want you to remember is that what you’re
doing is helping your audience pay attention and remember what you’ve been talking about.
This is going to be especially useful in longer presentations, but you should do this even
if your presentation is only a few minutes long.
Hope that helps. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions
about this or anything else related to presentations. Thanks for watching and talk to you again