Ep. 123 – Why Less Is More
Speakers sometimes make the mistake of trying to say a lot in a limited time. Darren and Mark share how to say less while delivering more value. The less we say, the more the audience remembers. That’s one way to be unforgettable.
• Deliver fewer points, more clearly
• It takes more work to say less
• Ask, “How do I say it better with fewer words?”
• Use shorter sentences
• Simplify with mono-syllabic words
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I joined toastmasters 31 years ago to improve my communications, with those people I was communicating with, on a regular basis.
At that time, I was speaking in long drawn out sentences and interspersing long drawn out pauses .- longer than effect pauses- into those sentences. When I opened my mouth to speak, my friends and family members did not just tune out, they turned off!!!
When I joined my first Toastmasters Club my mentor got me to talk in short sentences. That did two things for me.
Firstly it reduced the length of the pauses I was making, but probably just as importantly , it shortened the length of my sentences. Which meant that I could get my message across more quickly, without having to increase my speaking rate.
Listening to your podcast on Less is More – reminded me of what my original mentor taught me.