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In Sum

  • You can’t fake interest and the passion that accompanies it. So the question is not “How can I be more interesting to this audience?” but “How can I demonstrate why this topic or information is important and how can I show why it matters to them?”
  • Our story and our evidence matter, but the genuine emotions that we project have a direct and strong influence—for good and for bad—on the message our audience ultimately receives and remembers.
  • As a general principle we must (1) shorten the distance between ourselves and the audience, (2) bring individual audience members closer to each other while still being sensitive to local perceptions of personal space, and (3) remove any barriers between us and the audience.
  • Bringing a spirit of play to your presentations—and the feeling of exploration and discovery that it instills in the moment—improves learning and stimulates creative thinking.
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