Maintaining Interest During a Presentation

Maintaining Interest During a Presentation

Seven Dimensions
Updated Oct 15, 2019

Course Overview

Peter Quarry and Eve Ash discuss ways to make presentations more interesting for audiences. Rather than presenting a topic solely as a lecture, they suggest presenters switch gears to re-engage a drifting audience, through asking questions, making use of visuals and drawing on a conversational approach to the audience. Research shows this improves audience comprehension and retention of a topic.

Rather than “boring” or “confusing” an audience Peter Quarry counsels engaging people through switching gears, and increasing audience participation, which generates better comprehension.

Learning Objectives

Peter Quarry presents research and points to maintain interest:

  • Switch gears throughout
  • Use audience participation
  • Achieve higher comprehension and retention

Interviewer: Eve Ash

Interviewee: Peter Quarry