Author: Curtis Fletcher
It seems that every year at the SCORRE™ Conference I get at least one student in my group who wants to use copious detailed notes for their talk. The simple reason is that they have crafted a manuscript detailing exactly what they want to say. Even when I point out to them on video how impersonal it looks to be reading to their audience, they resist giving up the notes because they like the words.
I WISH they would spend as much time figuring out their audience as they do sweating over the turn of a phrase.
It goes without saying that every speaker/presenter needs to know their material. I don’t mean their lines, I mean their subject matter and the objective of their talk. But it is far too often the case that in preparation for a presentation speakers gloss over the makeup of the audience.