Effective Preview Statements

When giving a speech or presentation, isn’t it important for your audience to retain the information you’re sending? This video focuses on how to make sure your message will be effectively received and retained by using “the three tell” method: tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them.

WHAT PUBLIC SPEAKING QUESTIONS DOES THIS VIDEO ANSWER?

· What are “the three tells?”

· What is the importance of repetition in a speech or presentation?

· What should be included in your preview?

· What should be included in the main body of your message?

· What should be included in the conclusion of your message?

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi everyone! My name is Jill Schiefelbein with Impromptu Guru, and these videos will help you prepare before the speech.

A lot of people have probably heard this, but it’s very important so I’m going to emphasize it here. It’s an adage called the three tells. Whenever you give a presentation, or whenever you’re delivering a message, you want to tell people what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them. This really flows well into the organizational pattern that I give in another presentation, called “Organizing Presentations”, and also into a video about introductions and conclusions coming full circle.

With the three tells you want to make sure you preview, or tell them what you’re going to tell them.

Tell them. Deliver that in your main body with some force and some great information.

And then tell them what you told them at the end, in the conclusion, to make sure that those statements, your main points, are memorable. Studies show that people need to hear things three times before it can really start being retained in their mind, and that’s your goal as a speaker is to have the people retain the information that you tell them.

So I’ll say it to you one more time to make it three. Tell them what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.

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