While we admire the endurance of marathon runners and other long-distance athletes, the same can’t be said for speakers and presenters. When it’s time to take the stage, keep it short. Take our word for it when we say the time limit isn’t there for you, it’s for your audience.
Think your topic deserves more time? We’ve heard that before. But even Richard Branson has said, “most of what anybody has to say of great note can fit on one side of paper.” So know your audience, stay on topic and eliminate the elaboration.
Watch this episode of Talk Like Someone’s Listening to see what we mean:
Like these tips? There’s more where that came from. Register for our next open class Executive Style and Delivery this Friday, August 24 with Meagan Buren. It’s a full-day, highly interactive session focusing on public speaking, style and delivery, and influential storytelling.
If you missed our previous Talk Like Someone’s Listening videos, you can watch Take a Breath, Three Is the Magic Number, Translate Your Science, The Joke Will Be On You and Short Words, Big Impact now.
About Talk Like Someone’s Listening
Public speakers tend to make the same mistakes over and over. We decided to have a little fun with them. “Take a Breath, or 10” is the fourth video in Articulation’s “Talk Like Someone’s Listening” video series. Watch for more in this comedic series soon.