Monthly Archives: February 2012

How you say it is IMPORTANT

I came upon a blog this morning and it is so good that I need to share some of its ideas with you. The blog was talking about how you can change the meaning of what you want to convey by changing the tone of your delivery.

Here is an example:

Take this six word sentence: I didn’t give them those documents.

Say it out loud six times with emphasis on each of the six words in bold:

I didn’t give them those documents.

didn’t give them those documents.

I didn’t give them those documents.

I didn’t give them those documents.

I didn’t give them those documents.

I didn’t give them those documents.

You have just conveyed six different messages with the same six words.

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Hilarious video on PowerPoint melt down

One of the comments on YouTube was this: “I don’t get it. Perfectly executed presentation if you ask me, he said exactly what was shown on the screen.”

The point is that you are NOT supposed to share your talking points with your audience. What’s on the screen should NEVER be the exact words you say to the audience. If you are going to mouth the same words, why not just sit down and let the audience read them?