Make 'em Wonder
I suppose most of my art of public speaking students and readers know by now that when I'm speaking in public I push the limits - most of the time - to make sure my audience stays awake.
It should be no surprise to you then in this art of public speaking article that I will attack another common old style snoozer technique (and I know I will get letters from educational theory folks, but that is OK) . . . that is, telling the participants what you are going to cover during your presentation.
I say let 'em figure it out as you go.
If they think they know where you are going during an art of public speaking engagement, then it is easy for them to 'zone out' since they 'think' they know what you are going to say.
The way I do it is to make them wonder, 'What in the heck is he going to do next?,' which forces them to stay alert to find out.
If they are asleep, and the canvass of their mind is rolled up, it will be next to impossible for you in the
art of public speaking to paint in their mind your wonderful word picture. Make 'em wake up, and Make 'em wonder at your words!