We want to explore how does the brain learns? the fact that how your brain works when you want to hear something is extraordinary, and by knowing more about it, you can have an effective presentation.
In this article, I want to talk about how our brain sees and hears. Learn more about its mechanism, and you can attract your audience.
I want to use Brain Rules by John Medina to explain this fact.
Our brain likes to know what the whole point is and then gets to the details. It means if our brain doesn’t understand the whole deal, doesn’t know how to receive the details because it doesn’t know where to put this scattered data and how to analyze them.
So we have to show it a straight path. Let me tell you an example. Imagine you are at a party with your friends and you are telling a story. One of your friends comes in the middle of the story. He doesn’t know anything, and he starts asking “what is it? Tell me. Someone tell me the whole story. What happened?
Another example is the radix in math. We all learned radix in school, but many teachers didn’t exactly tell us what does it mean. Our brain didn’t like it because their brain didn’t know what the point of learning that is. If we had a great teacher who told us that it has a use for the computer field and you’ll need it later, we would listen to it more carefully. This way our brain could make a file for radix and its use for computers.
It’s the same for speakers. We have to have a view of what we want to talk about and share it with the audience.
Now, there are many times that you may have seen a movie starting with details and revealing the main points at the end. Some of my presentations are the same. I start with a story. It’s another method. In this method, we use the curiosity in the audience. When they are curious, they seek for the answers and the rest of the presentation (or the movie).
But if it lasts too much (for example 7 or 8 minutes), it becomes lame and boring. So even if we want to start with details or a story, we have to have a logical path for it, make it attractive so that the audience wants to pursue us.
Another way is to use PowerPoint to share all this data.
Many speakers write everything in their PowerPoint. This way the brain can’t handle all this data at once. These data confuses our brain.
We have to use images and a topic in slides first and then talk about the details. This way the audience can know the whole point by looking at the big topic.