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The Leader's Guide to Presenting by Jeremy Cassell, Tom Bird

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Chapter 6

Pacing the audience

The big mistake: trying to lead your audience too quickly

Have you ever attended a presentation where you felt interested in the topic but disconnected from the presenter? Perhaps you felt that they didn’t fully appreciate your needs and views or were pushing their ideas a little too hard at you. It may be that you felt they were almost too enthusiastic about their message or that they lacked the necessary context to ensure that their message felt relevant to you.

What is going on in these situations? What is the presenter either doing or not doing that is contributing to a sense of disconnection between them and the audience?

What often happens is that a presenter tries to lead their audience too quickly to ...

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