Critical Error 2 Boring Your Audience

  • Michael Alley


Perhaps the most stinging criticism for a presentation is that the talk is boring. Many talks are boring because the speaker projects bulleted list after bulleted list. Soon after the presentation begins, the audience becomes overwhelmed by the sheer number of details. Equally important, because the details are simply listed in a bulleted column, the audience has difficulty seeing connections among those details or appreciating their importance. The result is that the audience does not have an anchor to understand those details or a mnemonic to recall them. The speaker might have said much, but the audience retains little.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Alley
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  1. 1.College of EngineeringPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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