Emphasize and Clarify.
For writing articles or books, a Sidebar is separate from the main text on a page. It is often a shorter piece of information related to the main topic or gives another point of view about the topic.
For Presentations, a Sidebar can be a pattern interrupt that grabs your audience’s attention.
It is then used to emphasize or clarify something you just delivered.
Raising my hand high in the air, I ask the audience:
“Who believes speaking opportunities are business, career, and leadership opportunities?”
I literally ‘step to the side’ and say, “Sidebar!”
After pausing for a moment, which gathers everyone’s attention, I ask: “Did you see what I just did and your reaction?”
Again, pausing before continuing, I say, “When I asked the question and raised my hand, most of you also raised your hands. Had I not done so, not as many would have followed my non-verbal communication. (I then raise my hand to reinforce the point.)
Announcing “Sidebar!” grabs everyone’s attention. They are immediately aware something different is about to take place. That’s a good thing because our attention span is short. Some in the audience may have mentally disconnected from your talk. The “Sidebar!” declaration brings them back to the moment. Combine that exclamation with physically moving to the side (Sidebar!) and those in attendance are primed for what comes next.
“It’s time to wrap up this presentation. Before I do, let’s review what we covered today.”
“See what I just did! I told you the closing is coming and then explained we’ll do a review before I close the presentation.
This is important because your audience should know when you’re finished speaking. Too often a speaker stops talking, pauses, and says, “Thanks for having me!”
Pretty under-whelming, right?
Your Closing can have a surprise in it, but it should not be the surprise. Telling your audience, ‘This is the end!’ gets their attention. Good, because the last thing you say and do will be the first thing they will remember.”
Use Sidebars in your presentations to grab your audience’s attention to emphasize and clarify something just presented. Do that, and I guarantee your presentations will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!
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