Giving a speech? Avoid creating a verbal jigsaw puzzle with the following tips:
- Tell your audience members what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them.
- Be more interesting than their smart phones.
- Never assume that people will “get it” – point out your points and the relevance to your audience’s life and experience.
- If there is an action you want people to take after your talk, tell them what it is, where to do it, how to do it, and when to do it – be specific.
Think about the last time you listened to a poorly organized speech – did you have the time, desire, or attention span to put their verbal jigsaw puzzle together? Do them a favor and follow these tips and more.