wonder why your six year old can remember almost every line
from a two hour animated film but adults have difficulty remembering
key points from a 20-minute business presentation? Good content
is important, but without good timing, it's all for naught.
business, timing is everything. And in a business presentation,
timing can mean the difference between being engaging and
successful, or dull and boring. Precise timing is something
often neglected in presentations and speeches.
of the world's best storytellers - Disney - has successfully
applied this secret to its presentations for decades. Some
of the principles used for story development in traditional
animation can give you the professional edge when making a
you pay attention to the plot advancement of an animated film
there is a change in scene, or the introduction of a different
character or new event about every 30 to 50 seconds. This
advances the plot at a pace that holds your attention. Timing
your presentation in this way will capture and hold the attention
of your audience from start to finish.
timing of design and delivery is one of the key differences
between professional speakers and amateurs. Both the opening
and closing of presentations should be delivered in less than
45 seconds. Subsequent points and supporting information should
be delivered in carefully timed sound bytes.
next time you have to prepare a presentation, get out your
stopwatch and make sure you "advance the plot" with
these timing tips in mind! In entertainment - and business
- timing truly is everything!
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