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Thursday, July 07, 2011


Transitions are inevitable. Sometimes you choose your transitions and sometimes they choose you.

When you're speaking, focus on your transition moments. Craft those sentences that wrap up a section and launch you in a new direction. Without clearly stated transition moments, or moves, the audience may not know where you're going or what you're doing.

Don't overwhelm with transitions. Aim for one about every ten minutes. That's the natural amount of time that the human brain can pay attention to one point. Use that to your advantage and organized things into ten minute chunks with a transition in the middle.

Respect difficult transitions. If you're sharing something that might be tough for your audience to grasp or something that challenges long-held beliefs, take it slowly. Be gentle with those transitions. Take several minutes to work through the process and make the transition smoothly and gently.

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