It isn’t even rocket science.
You can figure it out and delight your audience tomorrow.
All you need is a little effort to practice using these two tools of delight.
And that’s it, you are on your way.
Now, what do you remember the most from the epic presentation you either listened to or read last year?
Probably a simpler version of the topic.
How it made you feel.
That’s what remains after all said and done.
That feeling, which could be:
- high hopes
- tearing ( as in crying)
Whatever it is, is what we refer here as delight.
Top writers and speakers have honed their skills in leaves some of these effects in the mind of their audience.
Probably one of their top secrets.
Delight_ the emotions that get us to remember.
That’s why you can’t forget them.
Yes, probably you forgot the instructions they gave.
But how you felt in that meeting, or when you read that article, you don’t forget it in a hurry.
They kept us thinking about the reader in our private moments. They keep us wanting more and more.
In any presentation, how readers feel sticks better than anything else.
It determines their choices even in years to come.
Good news is:
You too can learn how to leave that effect with your audience.
The skills of leaving an audience delighted:
Top writers and public speakers learn how to do two things well:
They learn how to entertain and teach at the same time.
Top writers and public speakers entertain and teach to leave the effect of delight.
Here’s what a good presentation looks like:
The active ingredient of a drug, most drugs, is bitter.
No one would swallow them unless it’s between life and death.
Probably one reason I prefer injection when I fall ill.
But over the years, pharmacists have become wiser:
They got these bitter, but active elements into sugary/sweet coating.
That done, patients, especially children, take these drugs with delight.
Thays exactly how a good presentation is:
Lessons coated in moderate entertainment.
Entertainment opens the mind and lessons do the work.
Teaching alone is boring and dry.
I’ve been in some meetings where it was lesson upon lessons upon lesson!
It irritated me!
Too many lessons without entertainment are dangerous.
My mind was closed.
All I wanted was the next day so I can get out and go home.
You don’t want to be in such meetings, honestly.
Lessons are great but without a little entertainment, your audience won’t give you a chance.
They just close their minds.
It’s part of human nature.
So make no mistakes about it.
Entertainment + Lessons = Delight
Write that where you can see it always.
Most writers know how to teach.
Won’t bother you with that.
But to entertain is a tough job for most of us.
A simple idea on what to coat your lessons with:
Share simple daily experiences
People relate to human experiences better than anything else.
And you don’t even have to be a good fiction writer to do that.
It’s your experience.
The emotions when it happened will serve as a good ink to say it well.
- How a comment from one of your readers ruined your birthday evening
- What it feels like after writing an epic article and nobody even read it when you published it.
- What happened that change the way you see someone in need;
- The experience that made you believe failure is not permanent.
One of such experiences in my life was how I got depressed after a certain publication rejected my drafts.
The first two rejection didn’t bother me as much.
Until about a certain day after writing what took me about two days to polish before submitting.
The next day, I got a mail in my inbox :
The next day it depressed me.
For two days, I couldn’t write.
It wasn’t a pleasant experience.
People relate to those kinds of experiences.
It opens their minds to the lessons you learned from them.
Tomorrow, remember to delight your audience.
Keep that formula close so you won’t forget.
Every audience wants to be entertained and in the process learn something useful.
Always remember that.
I would like to read some of them too.
Just let me know when you write one.
Time to put those skills to work, friend!
Go delight your audience!
Thanks for your time.
I hope you get an idea or two from this story.