Learn To Be An Accomplished Presenter That People Actually Want To Listen To

Learn To Be An Accomplished Presenter That People Actually Want To Listen To

Ever find yourself lost in the dual-screen dilemma? You know, watching TV while simultaneously scrolling through your phone, perhaps catching up on the latest TikTok trends or Twitter rants? Well, it turns out, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in such good company that even Hollywood has taken note.

Recently, while scrolling TikTok (because, let’s face it, who doesn’t?), I stumbled upon a revelation from a Hollywood insider. Turns out, streaming big shots like Hulu and the one that starts with “N” and ends in flix are demanding scripts that can compete with our phone-scrolling addiction. They even have a name for it- “dual screen ability”.

Think shows like “Love is Blind” or “The Bachelor” – easy on the brain, perfect for multitasking. And that is why they are so popular right now.

Now, while it’s a bummer to realize how easily distracted our society is, it’s a wake-up call for us speakers and presenters. Are we captivating enough? Are we “single-focus worthy”?

Being single focus worthy means holding attention like a boss. It’s about keeping your audience so hooked they wouldn’t dream of checking their phones. But let’s be real, it’s tough when the world’s a constant distraction.

Enter Accelerated Learning Technologies – a concept I borrowed from one of my speaking heroes, Blair Singer. It’s all about keeping things fresh, engaging, and interactive. Remember those TED talks? They keep them short for a reason – our attention spans have the lifespan of a mayfly. Well, maybe not exactly but the general consensus in the science world is that our attention span is about 12-18 minutes long. So, switch things up every 12 to 18 minutes to keep ’em hooked.

At my events, you won’t just sit and nod. Oh no! Expect high fives, laughter, and lots of audience participation. (Dance party, anyone?)

It’s all part of the plan to combat the dreaded Dori mentality – you know, “just keep scrolling.”

Whether you’re addressing a crowd of thousands or just a handful of colleagues, the principles remain the same. Ask questions, keep it interactive, and for the love of PowerPoint, please use it wisely (but more on that next week).

So, my fellow speakers and presenters, let’s pledge to be more than data dumpers or PowerPoint zombies. Let’s strive to be single focus worthy in a world begging for our attention.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Proactive, Productive and Profitable,

Dino Watt

PS: Head on over to my Facebook group called “Command the Room”. It’s a group dedicated to helping like minded speakers improve their craft.

PPS: I save audiences from boring speeches by helping speakers make a lasting impact. 🤝