Brevity: (n) shortness of time.
It is very important that all the sons and daughters of Earth learn at an early age about the dangers of boredom and how little attention span most people can offer.
When I first started traveling, I assumed that my presentations could last an hour-and-a-half. Even though I was careful to keep things interesting, and even surprising, I quickly discovered that with distraction and a bladder, the human being has limited tolerance for sitting patiently and “receiving.”
Matter of fact, I am frightened to the core of coming across repetitive. I look for any sign that I’ve lost the attention of nearby hearers.
I have even stopped in the middle of a sentence–and no one noticed.
I had to giggle inside, realizing that several paragraphs earlier they had obviously bailed out of the conversation (probably without a parachute).
Are there guidelines to help us avoid being overly talkative?
Here’s a clue: tell a part of the story. Leave it dangling on a cliff. See if anybody demands you continue.
Then create another cliffhanger–always providing an open door for the listener to be satisfied … and move on.
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