Tuesday Teaching Tip: Concise is Nice

Today’s teaching tip comes from the book Talk Like TED. It chronicles the public speaking secrets of the very best TED Talk presenters.

If you’re going to speak, teach, and engage people in public settings, it’s better to be concise than to wax eloquent. Here is what the author says about the need to keep it simple and short:

“Albert Einstein once said, ‘If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough’…E.F. Schumer, economist and author of Small is Beautiful, once said, ‘Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.’ Courage is the key word. It takes courage to keep things simple. It takes courage to put a picture on a PowerPoint slide instead of filling it with tiny text that most people in the audience won’t even be able to read. It takes courage to reduce the number of slides in a presentation. It takes courage to speak for 18 minutes instead of rambling on for much longer. Leonardo DiVinci once said ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.’ Be sophisticated. Keep your presentations and pitches short and simple.”

Enough said!


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