Explain Less To Keep People Engaged And Listening To You

Few things are worse than being in the heart of a conversation and realising your audience isn't paying attention to what you're saying. If you have the tendency to over-explain topics when people get disinterested, Forbes recommends you dial it back a bit and explain less.

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The problem of over-explaining usually comes up when you're dishing out information on a complicated idea. Instead of slowing down to summarise, you add another layer of complicated information. Forbes' advice is simple:

When you say something complex, and people aren't getting it, it's not going to help, generally, to say additional complex stuff. Before you start talking, take a minute to think about how to communicate the essence of your message in a simple way.

It's easy to get caught up in your own words when you're talking to someone about a complicated subject, but if you want your audience to listen the old mantra of "less is more" might be a good way to keep them engaged.

3 Simple Ways to Get People to Listen to You [Forbes]


Comments

    It comes down to this. When I ask for the time, don't tell me how a watch works

    This can be taken to extremes though - http://youtu.be/_veIGGP1Uh4

    I looked at the subsequent article on the "Gridded Home Office" at http://www.thegridsystem.org/ and this website visually demonstrated this "explain less" message!

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