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Sunday, July 18, 2010

An Idea that Resonates, and its Implications for Presentations (and Training)

From the Duarte Blog comes a great analogy and concept to improve training and presentations. He asks the question: "What Does It Mean to Resonate?"

Please read his post for the full story on this great video and his conclusions for its implications for presentations. However, I will share two excerpts:

"But what does it mean to truly resonate with someone? While doing research for Resonate, I learned about lovely phenomenon in physics. If you know an object’s natural rate of vibration, you can make it vibrate without touching it. Resonance occurs when an object’s natural vibration frequency responds to an external stimulus of the same frequency."

And, his conclusion...

"The audience does not need to tune themselves to you—you need to tune your message to them. Skilled presenting requires you to understand their hearts and minds and create a message to resonate with what’s already there. Your audience will be significantly moved if you send a message that is tuned to their needs and desires. They might even quiver with enthusiasm and act in concert to create beautiful results."

Creating the right context to best facilitate learning. Or, through the prism of behavior change (which requires motivation, self-efficacy, and skills), infusing the reason for motivation in the presentation.

Yes. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.

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