Public Speaking Lab

How Can You Make Your Audience Remember Your Key Message?

I’m excited to share with you a remarkable technique that’s not only powerful but also ridiculously easy to implement. It’s like adding a dash of magic to your presentations. But, here’s the twist – this trick can only be used once in your talk, so you’ve got to be strategic about when to unleash it. So when you’re in the midst of your presentation, and there’s a nugget of information you want your audience to carry with them long after the applause has faded. What do you do? 

You’ll apply a technique called the “foreshadowing technique.” It’s based on the principle that people are more likely to remember something if they’re told in advance that it’s important.

Sounds a bit overwhelming? Let us break it down for you!

How to use the foreshadowing technique:

  1. Choose the most important point in your presentation. What’s the one thing you absolutely want your audience to remember?
  1. At some point in your presentation, foreshadow that point. You can do this by saying something like, “I’m going to ask you about this in ten minutes, so make sure you remember this one point.” Or, “I’m going to come back to this and it’s really important you remember this.”

Fast forward ten minutes, twenty minutes, or even just one slide later. You circle back to that memorable point you dropped earlier. You ask, “Do you remember when I asked you to remember this thing?” Then you delve into the ‘why’ behind that point or simply ask them to recall it. 

That’s it! It’s that simple.

The result? Most of your audience will have it etched in their minds, serving as a mental bookmark that ensures your message lingers long after your presentation concludes.⁣

In a world where information often fades quickly, this technique acts as a reliable anchor, helping your audience remember and appreciate your message. It’s that straightforward.⁣

To wrap up, the foreshadowing technique consists of identifying the pivotal point of your presentation, the key message you want to leave lingering in your audience’s minds. Once you’ve pinpointed this focal message, strategically foreshadow it to amplify its impact.

This foreshadowing creates an anticipation for the imminent revisit of this critical idea. This simple recall not only reinforces the significance of the point but also engages your audience actively in the presentation. 

⁣Have you ever come across this clever memory-boosting technique? It’s a game-changer in the world of public speaking, making your messages resonate and remain unforgettable in the minds of your audience.⁣